A compound bow at full draw is an object loaded with force, kinetic energy and torque. If something mechanically goes wrong, it can get disastrous in a hurry.
Slinging arrows from your compound bow can be a relaxing, enjoyable experience. The compound bow has advanced so much in the last decade, the bows really are magnificent, well-tuned machines.
With all the energy and torque the limbs take on while the bow is drawn, though, things can go awry. And when they do, watch out!
Watch as this gentleman takes the effects right to the face.
HOLY SMOKES! This guy is lucky he didnt get seriously hurt. I've seen some string derailments in my life but never a full blown explosion like this. #BROKE #WHATJUSTHAPPENED
Posted by Texas Hunting on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Fortunately, the bill of his hat took the brunt of the force, but parts still connected with his cheek. All things considered, it could've ended up a lot worse.
Don't let this video scare you from getting into archery or shooting your bow, because obviously this rarely ever happens. Many factors could lead to this happening, whether it's cracked limbs, loose cams, bad strings or some other issue. One thing is certain, though: this guy was lucky.
Just make sure to check your bow before shooting to make sure everything checks out.