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The World Archery 3D Championships features competition in four classes, each with separate divisions for men and women.
In this video, we explain the basic rules that separate the Barebow, Compound, Instinctive and Longbow classes. These classes exist within other organizations, but the World Archery rules for each are unique.
World Archery’s 3D Championships are held every other year in different parts of the world. A competition round features 24 3D animal targets, which archers must shoot two arrows at per round.
Tom Stanwood is a busy man these days. But he still finds time to reach for his dream.
He’s a new dad, with his wife, Valerie, giving birth to twin boys – Graham and Niall – in 2018.
He’s an attorney, working as a civil litigator on long-term commercial leases.
And he’s training as hard as he ever has with his recurve bow in hopes of making the U.S. Olympic team that will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
“I think everyone in this game dreams of the Olympics, right?” said Stanwood, of Massachusetts. “I mean, that’s the biggest stage.”
At 40 years of age, Stanwood is many years older than most of the U.S. archers he competes with and against.
But he has proven that he can hang with the best of them.
Stanwood recently won the silver medal in Men’s Recurve at the 2019 Arizona Cup, losing the gold medal match to – who else – Brady Ellison.
2019 Arizona Cup Men’s Recurve podium from left to right, Tom Stanwood, silver; Brady Ellison, gold; Seth McWherter, bronze.
That silver medal was placed around his neck just two days after he qualified along with Ellison and teenager Jack Williams for the USA Archery Team that will compete at the Pan Am Games and World Archery Championships, both later this summer.
“It feels like my training is definitely on an upward trajectory,” Stanwood said.
In his youth, Stanwood competed with a compound bow, shooting with a clicker and his fingers. Then “life happened,” he said, and he “didn’t shoot an arrow for 15 years.”
While attending law school in 2009, he picked up an Olympic recurve at a friend’s urging, and he quickly found out that form of archery suited him.
“I was able to put in the time, and I had pretty good success fairly quickly,” Stanwood said.
He qualified for his first U.S. team a year later to compete in the 2010 Pan American Championships.
“That motivated me to keep going,” he said.
Stanwood fell short of qualifying for the national team that traveled to London for the 2012 Olympics, and then he didn’t shoot much in 2013 and 2014.
“Big mistake,” he said. “When I came back, there were a lot of new faces, and everyone was much better prepared than I was.”
Stanwood made it to the final eight qualifiers for the team that competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016, but, again, he was cut.
And since then, he’s been working hard on his archery game. He qualified for the 2017 World Championship team and he competed in every outdoor USAT tournament last year.
“Truthfully, I was in a kind of a slump the past two years,” Stanwood said. “It’s something I don’t fully understand why it happened or how, but it was something I’d never experienced before.”
At The Vegas Shoot this year, Stanwood said he “felt something awaken in my shooting that reminded me of what it was like when I was shooting really well.”
He spent a productive week in March training with U.S. Coach Kisik Lee, which Stanwood said solidified his form and propelled him to his stellar shooting at the World team trials and the Arizona Cup.
Stanwood’s accomplishments in archery so far are evidence that commitment and hard work can pay off.
He has no coach, although he said he lives near and often calls on legendary Olympic archer Butch Johnson for advice; regularly seeks training assistance from Coach Lee; and picks Ellison’s brain when it comes to equipment issues.
He works full time, although he said he’s very fortunate that his “boss thinks archery is super cool and is incredibly supportive of my archery adventures.”
And he’s a father of twins, although he credits his wife for carrying the lion’s share of the parenting role so he can pursue his Olympic dream.
“I’m really, really lucky in a lot of ways, and I’m very thankful for everyone who is helping me” train and compete, he said. “I learned my lesson from the Rio trials, and I plan to work hard at it going into (the Tokyo Olympic team trials) this summer.”
At the 2019 Winter Can Am Classic in Syracuse, N.Y., March 8-10, Anthony Young was about as amateur as you can get.
“This is the first serious tournament I’ve ever done,” said the 23-year-old from Lewistown, Pa.
Yet when the tournament ended, Young, who works as a CNC machine operator for an ultrasound company, took home the top prize in the Amateur Men’s Open Known 40 division.
He finished the qualification rounds in second place with a 412 – four points behind leader Cody McDonald.
He then won one elimination match, which earned him a spot in the final shootdown.
No one was more surprised by that result than Young himself.
An avid bowhunter, Young only started shooting an open-style target rig about two years ago. He said he’s “dabbled in spot shooting,” but his true passion is 3-D archery, since that helps him practice for bowhunting season.
“We got a good group of guys back home that I shoot with,” he said. “We just do the local 3-D shoots and stuff like that for fun.”
Young traveled to the Winter Can Am with some of those friends, who had shot the tournament before. A novice to the big-time tournament setting, Young said he set a simple goal for himself.
“I just wanted to come in here and shoot what I thought was a good score,” he said. “Apparently, it was pretty good.”
Young said he wasn’t too pleased with his first-day score of a 202. But by the second day, he felt on track, shooting a 210.
The Winter Can Am shootdown format is nearly identical to a typical ASA pressure point shootdown. The top five finishers carry their qualification scores into the final, where they shoot up to six more arrows to determine the podium winners.
At the Winter Can Am, shootdown archers shot from elevated platforms, and they shot one at a time, rather than all at the same time, like a normal ASA competition.
Young said he definitely felt the pressure of being on the main stage.
“I’m telling you, I don’t think I’ve ever shook anywhere like that in my life,” he said. “It was crazy.”
Crazier than drawing down on a big buck?
“Not even close,” he said. “I was way more nervous.”
Young shot pretty steady, scoring a couple of 12s through the shootdown. For the last arrow, he and McDonald were tied for the lead. McDonald shot an 8, and Young hit the 10.
So did Young get bitten by the tournament bug with a win in his first “serious tournament?”
“I definitely want to do this more,” he said. “I had such fun here. It was a long weekend, but I had a ball.”
Like a lot of young, talented archers, Savannah Baye Vanderwier now finds herself at a crossroads.
The 19-year-old from Sheffield, Texas, recently graduated from high school. On Jan. 26, she won the Women’s Open division title at the Lancaster Archery Classic, which is one of the biggest indoor archery tournaments in the world.
Savannah Vanderwier, right, takes aim as she competes against Jamilee Moore in the Women’s Open division finals at the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic.
So her archery game is strong in the amateur field. Which begs the question, “Will she go pro?”
“If I go to school and I’m trying to be pro, I don’t think that would work,” Vanderwier said. “So should I hold off on going pro until I’m done with school? Or do I take time off of archery completely?
“Anyway, it’s a lot. There are too many options.”
Shooting for PSE, Vanderwier had about as good a showing at the Classic as any amateur could hope for.
She shot a 643 in qualification. That was best in her division. It also would have been good enough to qualify her in the top 10 among the Women’s Open Pro archers.
In her first elimination match, Vanderwier dropped just one point for a 131. (Dusti Batsch was the only one of 16 Women’s Open Pro archers to shoot a 131 in the first elimination match.)
In her next match, Vanderwier dropped four points, but ultimately won on the second arrow of a shoot-off. She easily won her final match after dropping just two points.
Her qualifying and match-play scores were good enough to seed Vanderwier first for the Jan. 26 finals in Women’s Open.
In that match, Vanderwier shot ends of 32, 33, 31 and 33 to take the title.
Big-time competition certainly is nothing new to Vanderwier, who won an individual silver medal in the Compound Junior Division at the 2016 World Archery Field Championships in Ireland, a team silver in the Compound Cadet Division at the 2017 World Archery Youth Championships in Argentina, and an individual gold in the Compound Junior Division at the 2018 World Archery Field Championships in Italy.
But this year’s Lancaster Archery Classic was the first she’s ever competed in.
Head judge Larry Wise gives Savannah Vanderwier the green light to shoot at the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic.
“We’ve been wanting to come for several years, but it just hasn’t worked out with other things my siblings had going on,” she said. “Finally we were able to make it this year. It was a birthday present for me and my dad.”
Vanderwier’s dad, Andy, has been her coach since Savannah first picked up a bow at age 10. He was in the coach’s box behind her when she shot for the Classic title, and was the first to give her a big hug after her final arrow hit the center 11.
Ironically, Dad’s path to coaching his daughter started nine years ago, when the local 4-H roped him into coaching their program.
“My sister and I tagged along, and I just fell in love with it,” Vanderwier said.
When it comes to tournament archery, Vanderwier shoots just about everything, but she does have a favorite style.
“My favorite is field, but I love all of it,” she said. “This year I went to my first ASA, and I loved it. I also love target.
“I love field. I love target. I love indoor. I love 3D. I love it all!”
And she expects that love of the game to influence her decision making as she weighs getting a job, continuing her education and turning pro.
“I have a few options, and so deciding where archery fits into that is a big part of deciding what to do next,” she said. “Archery is something that’s really important to me and I want to keep doing it as long as I can.”
Tim Hanley entered the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa., Sunday morning, and walked over to a small group of Lancaster Archery Supply employees.
“Do you mind if I set my bow down here for a minute?” he asked politely.
Hanley was wearing a light blue, pin-striped dress shirt, a neat pair of jeans and a respectable pair of cowboy boots. With eyeglasses, a trimmed beard and short-cut, gelled hair, he looked like an accountant.
“No problem,” an employee responded, thinking Hanley was carrying the bow for a buddy or relative who might have been competing in one of the big final matches of the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic.
Fast forward a couple hours later, and there’s Hanley standing on the finals stage, shooting that bow himself in the Men’s Open championship, buzzing through the field like a power saw.
While every other archer who came up against him wore a logoed hat and flashy shooter jersey emblazoned with the colorful name of an archery company, Hanley looked like he just left a church service.
“I like to look presentable when I’m in public, so I wear a nice shirt when I’m competing,” he said. “I was dressed like this all weekend, and no one said anything about it.”
As viewers at home watching the livestream of the Classic on YouTube saw Hanley knock off one archer after another, his attire quickly earned him the nickname, “The CEO.”
A 32-year-old electrician from New Jersey, Hanley at the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic became the first archer ever in the Men’s Open class to work his way from the No. 8 seed all the way to the title. That’s a monumental accomplishment, given the fact that the Men’s Open division is always the largest at the Classic – 317 archers this year. And he had to shoot 84 solid arrows over seven matches against some of the stiffest amateur competition in the U.S.
Social media was buzzing for hours after Hanley’s big win with hails to “The CEO.”
“Watching the CEO was epic,” one commenter wrote on YouTube. “Great story, coverage and event.”
Not a household name before the Classic, Tim Hanley most certainly was the talk of the target archery world after the tournament’s conclusion.
So who is this guy? And how the heck did he show up at the East Coast’s largest indoor archery tournament for the first time in three years and capture the attention and adulation of archers all over the world?
A bachelor resident of Juliustown, N.J., Hanley got started in target archery when he took a job at the former Sportsmen’s Center in Bordentown, N.J., at 17 or 18. He worked there for 10 years with well-known target archer Vinnie Mancini.
“I mainly went there because of hunting, but I showed an interest in target archery and Vinnie just started coaching me,” Hanley said.
He shot competitively throughout those 10 years – including several trips to the Classic – but then took about four years off, when he started a job as an electrician installing solar panels.
“I just got busy with work and everything, but then I got back into it maybe about a year ago,” he said.
Hanley credits his training with Mancini and the excellent target archers he competes against in New Jersey with helping him sharpen his skill.
“I try to shoot every day,” he said. “There’s a lot of really good archers in New Jersey and you can’t really get lax. You have to work at it to stay with those guys.”
While he does shoot outdoor target archery, “indoors is home for me,” he said. “That’s where I feel comfortable.”
Hanley is not connected with any archery companies. If he has a sponsor, it’s Cheyenne Mountain Outdoors in Bordentown, N.J., he said.
Realistically though, he buys his own gear and he pays his own way to and from tournaments.
Consider this. For the 2019 Classic, Hanley drove two hours from home on Friday to shoot his qualification round at 4 p.m. He then drove back to New Jersey to spend the night after finishing around 8 p.m.
He returned to Lancaster County from New Jersey by 7 a.m. Saturday for the 8 a.m. elimination matches, and then drove back home in the afternoon.
“I had my mom with me, so I had to drop her off,” he said.
Hanley drove two hours back again that evening to stay at a hotel with some friends near Spooky Nook, so he’d be as fresh as possible for the Sunday finals.
“It’s a pretty straight drive, so I didn’t mind,” he said.
Hanley’s road to the Classic finals was anything but straight and easy.
After shooting a respectable 640 in qualifications on Friday, Hanley was seeded 46th among the 64 archers who advanced to Saturday’s elimination matches. He then beat the No. 19 qualifier, the No. 14 qualifier and the No. 30 qualifier in head-to-head competition to claim the No. 8 seed for the finals on Sunday.
The No. 8 seed is the lowest for the Men’s Open finals. But ask any archer and they’ll say that all they want is a chance. If they can get in the game, they at least have a chance.
Hanley took that chance and ran with it. He defeated Blake Ballou in his first match 125-124. Next up was Caleb Eby, whom Hanley dispatched 130-126.
The third match was a nail-biter for Hanley, but he came out on top of Brenden Woelmer 129-128. By now, Hanley was “The CEO” to online viewers, and a crowd favorite in the finals arena.
In his fourth match, Hanley beat Brady Hempen 128-122, then took down Jason Goedken 129-124 and Brad Baker Jr. 127-126.
By the time Hanley entered the final match against top qualifier Doug Williams, the crowd at home and online was desperate to see him take the title. He did, by a score of 130-127, with a perfect 33 in his last end.
Hanley said he could feel himself getting tired toward the end of his run, but he tried to focus on one arrow at a time and trust his shot.
So what’s next for The CEO? He said he hadn’t registered to compete in The Vegas Shoot Feb. 8-10, “but this experience (winning the Classic) might change that.”
Winning the Men’s Open championship at the Classic earned Hanley $4,000, plus a couple hundred dollars in contingency checks, which he could use to pay his way to Las Vegas. Whether he competes in Vegas or not, Hanley said he hears the pro class calling.
“Going pro – I would love to do that,” he said. “I always told myself I wanted to win something on a national level before I went pro, and I guess this counts. So maybe not right away, but I eventually will be on the pro line.”
The 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic Jan. 25-27 was one for the history books. Not only did the number of registered archers – 1,794 – shatter last year’s record attendance of 1,488, but Open Pro archer Braden Gellenthien accomplished something that had only ever been done once before in the 16-year history of the East Coast’s largest archery tournament.
In qualifications Friday at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa., Gellenthien, who is one of the world’s most accomplished tournament archers, shot a perfect score of 660. All 60 of his arrows found the center 11 ring. The only time that has ever happened before was in 2009, when Reo Wilde posted a 660 qualification score.
Braden Gellenthien poses with his two perfect targets
But as we all quickly learned Saturday morning, shooting a great qualification score does not mean anything in terms of getting to the Classic finals shoot-up stage if you can’t get through the head-to-head elimination matches. Gellenthien survived his first match in the Open Pro bracket against Andy Callaway in a tie-breaker, but he was knocked out of the competition in the second round by Brian Meese.
Ultimately, the tournament’s top prize of $20,000 was awarded to Open Pro champ Jacob Marlow. Always a crowd favorite with his southern drawl and fun sense of humor on the line, Marlow finally won the Classic title in his third trip to the finals shoot-up.
Open Pro champ Jacob Marlow with the winner’s trophy and belt buckle
“I tried not to think about anything else,” Marlow said. “I just focused on one arrow at a time.”
As his gold-medal match progressed against No. 1 qualifier and 2017 Classic Open Pro champ Mike Schloesser, Marlow’s shots seemed to get tighter and tighter to the center. Asked if he was feeling better as the match wore on, Marlow responded with his typical, self-deprecating humor.
“Oh no, I felt terrible the whole time,” he said. “I hate the nerves.”
In addition to the $20,000 he received from Lancaster Archery, Marlow added a $10,000 contingency check from his bow sponsor, Elite, and another $1,600 in contingencies from his other equipment sponsors.
“I’m 1-1 against Mikey in these matches, so hopefully we’ll get a rematch,” Marlow said of competing against Schloesser in the Classic finals.
Other notable champions crowned at this year’s Classic were Jack Williams in Men’s Recurve, Gabriela Bayardo in Women’s Recurve, Michael Fisher in Barebow and Tanja Jensen in Women’s Open Pro.
TIM ‘THE CEO’ HANLEY
The Men’s Open division is always the largest division at the Lancaster Archery Classic. This year, there were 317 archers who competed in that group of amateurs. To win that division, an archer has to be on top of his game, and he has to defeat a lot of other really good archers.
Tim “The CEO” Hanley
Tim Hanley, 32, of New Jersey this year traveled to the Classic for the first time “in a number of years,” he said, and worked his way to the No. 8 seed for the finals shoot-up. That’s a tough spot to start from, given the Classic’s shoot-up finals format, where the first match features the two lowest ranked archers. The winner advances to compete against the next archer in ranking, and so on until someone faces off against the top qualifier for the title.
In the 16-year history of the Classic, no No. 8-ranked archer in Men’s Open has ever shot his way to the title. That would require shooting a minimum of 84 arrows, assuming no tie-breakers were needed, over the course of seven matches.
Wearing a long-sleeve, pin-striped dress shirt, Hanley won his first match, then his second, and then his third. By the fourth round, commenters watching the livestream on YouTube were referring to him as “Tim ‘The CEO’ Hanley,” because of his dress shirt. In the audience at Spooky Nook, the crowd began rallying behind Hanley as he shot his way through the field. By the time he faced off against top-qualifier Doug Williams, Hanley was clearly the crowd favorite. Everyone loves an underdog, right?
Against all odds, Hanley defeated Williams by a score of 130-127, meaning Hanley only missed two 11s in his seventh match of the day. He seemed to get stronger, when he should have gotten weaker.
Tim Hanley pumps his fist
“I had already exceeded my expectations in getting to the finals,” Hanley said. “From there, I just trusted my shot and it turned out pretty good.”
The Barebow competition at the Classic has been growing by leaps and bounds the last few years, and this year was no exception. After reaching a registration total of 125 last year, the number of barebow competitors ballooned this year to 207.
On YouTube, the Barebow finals video from 2018 has been viewed nearly 250,000 times over the past year, generating incredible enthusiasm for and interest in that discipline. For the 2019 finals, the venue was packed with rowdy fans Saturday night, and more than 1,600 followed the livestream of the competition.
The field featured four new faces on the Classic stage – Ben Rogers, Spanky Brooks, Michael Fisher and Grayson Partlowe. Missing were more familiar names, including John Demmer Rich Barker and Bobby Worthington, who all got knocked out of the tournament in the elimination stage.
The final match between Fisher and Partlowe was a see-saw battle, with Fisher ultimately coming out on top, shooting a dead-center 11 on his last shot. When his arrow hit the target, the arena erupted into cheers of, “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oy! Oy! Oy!” That was a nod to Fisher’s Australian home.
NEW RECURVE CHAMPS
The Men’s and Women’s Recurve finals featured the usual field of heavy hitters. Casey Kaufhold, 14, led the Women’s field with a qualification score of 604. With three-time defending champ Mackenzie Brown knocked out in eliminations, Casey – who finished second to Brown the past two years – was a likely favorite. However, Gabriela Bayardo, whom Casey had beaten the two previous times the two had met at the Classic, shot just a little stronger in the gold-medal finals match, and took the title, with Casey finishing second.
On the Men’s side, two-time defending champ Brady Ellison was the top seed in the finals. In the gold-medal match, he squared off against Jack Williams who toppled two giants to get to Ellison. Williams, who is considered a favorite to join Ellison on the next U.S. Olympic Team, first defeated multi-Olympic medal winner Michelle Frangili of Italy. Next, he took down Canada’s top recurve archer, Crispin Duenas, who was runner-up to Ellison at the last two Classics.
Williams shot incredibly strong in his match against Ellison, with end scores of 31, 31, 31 and 33. Those scores topped Ellison by two points, and Williams took the title – his best finish at the Classic.
“This is a great venue and a wonderful tournament,” Williams said of the 2019 Classic. “My good shots just felt really strong today.”
Williams and Ellison compete regularly in training, so they are good friends, yet fierce competitors.
“I’m sure we’ll have a rematch sometime,” Williams said with a wide smile.
YOUTH TROPHY TOURNAMENT
For the second year, the Easton Youth Trophy Tournament offered a tournament within the Classic for young archers who might not yet be ready for the full Classic tournament, but who want to get big-time competition experience.
A total of 375 young archers competed in the event, which was confined solely to Saturday, and which cost a fraction of the money required to compete in the Classic. These archers shot the same number of arrows as shot in the Classic qualification – 60 – on the same field that the Classic archers shot on.
Archers were divided by gender, by equipment – compound, recurve and barebow – and by age, with divisions for Cub, Bowman, Cadet and Junior competitors. Winners were determined by scores posted in the 60-arrow round. And there were some serious scores put up by these young archers.
Out of a possible 660 points, Foster Jones recorded a 624 to win the Compound Cadet Male division; Ryan Kitts won Compound Junior Male with a 633; Hannah Ball won Barebow Cadet Female, and posted the highest score among all the female barebow archers of any age, with a 434; Jada Cho’s 513 in Recurve Cub Female won that division. For a complete list of Easton Youth Trophy Tournament results, click here.
Many of the Youth Trophy archers and their parents said they enjoyed the experience they got from competing in a big venue with so many other archers. Count on this event to continue at future Classics, and for it to grow as the years pass.
Here are the top-three finishers in each of the 15 divisions at the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic:
Men’s Open Pro – Jacob Marlow, Mike Schloesser and Dave Cousins
Women’s Open Pro – Tanja Jensen, Sarah Prieels, Dusti Batsch
Masters Open Pro – Benton Christensen, Keith Trail, Kendall Woody
Men’s Recurve – Jack Williams, Brady Ellison, Crispin Duenas
The winter indoor archery season is in full swing, and at Lancaster Archery Academy, you can always find some paper punchers hanging around.
In the coming weeks, we’ve got tournaments scheduled and leagues kicking off. If the 20-yard, indoor game is your thing, then your season is here.
Of course, the highlight of the year is the annual Lancaster Archery Classic. It’s the largest indoor archery tournament on the East Coast, and to call it ‘fun’ would be an understatement. It’s a big event for the best pro archers in the world, for sure, but there’s plenty of competition on the range for amateurs as well.
Check out the list of activities we’ve got on tap for January and February.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITIVE ARCHERY: March 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
FITA ARCHERS OF PA INDOOR STATES: Jan. 12-13; 60-arrow Star FITA competition. Register here.
LANCASTER ARCHERY CLASSIC: Jan. 25-27 at Spooky Nook Sports Complex, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim, PA; LAS rules apply; 60-arrow qualification, followed by elimination matches and shoot-up finals. Register here.
U.S. INDOOR NATIONALS AND JOAD NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Feb. 22-24 for U.S. Nationals; Feb. 22-23 for JOAD Nationals. Both held on the Academy range. Click here for registration information for both events.
WINTER TARGET LEAGUE: 10-week league starts Jan. 9; FITA 30-arrow round, with Classic scoring; 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday. Register here.
Competition Archery Media has solidified its 2019 schedule to bring to the public professional coverage of the biggest and best archery competitions across the United States. CAM will partner with the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) to provide additional coverage of The Vegas Shoot and Indoor World Series Final; and the NFAA Indoor Nationals. CAM also will provide exclusive coverage of USA Archery competitions in 2019, in addition to the full season of Archery Shooters Association (ASA) events, to include the ASA Winter CanAm Classic.
CAM is a company of professionals who have decades of experience providing television broadcast coverage of professional and amateur sports events, including archery.
Following is CAM’s 2019 schedule of events. Tournaments highlighted in red will feature live coverage of final shootdowns or medal matches. Other events will feature taped, daily summary shows, scoring updates, photo galleries and more.
Prime Archery unveiled the Logic CT3 as one of its flagship hunting compound bows for 2019. In the video, LAS TechXpert P.J. Reilly runs through the features of the CT3.
The CT3 measures 33 inches long, with a 6.25-inch brace height and IBO speed rating of 335 feet per second. It features Prime parallel cam system and the “centergy” technology, which puts the top of the grip in the physical center of the bow. By doing this, the bow balances better and has perfectly level nock travel.
The riser features the Prime “swerve,” which features a bend in the lower part of the riser to match the bend in the upper part. These matching bends allow the riser to flex in a uniform fashion during a shot, which minimizes vibration.