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  • Writer's pictureMarianne Bell

What is Level Mode on the BOWdometer and how does it work?

When you’re using your BOWdometer, you can choose from different shooting modes. In this video, we’ll talk about Level Mode. What it is, and when to use it. Make sure you’ve watched the video about Classic Mode first to properly understand the differences!

You can see your level on the BOWdometer when in Level Mode, right on the session screen beside the Xi symbol. You can also see your Level in the App when looking at any session.

Here’s how Level Mode is different from Classic Mode. It’s taking your True Xi number and transforming it in 2 ways.

First of all, instead of your Xi being any number between 0 and 100 like Classic Mode, it will always be centered around the number 50. 50 is your goal. Your first Shot in your session will have a Shot Xi of 50. Your Xi numbers will be distributed around 50.

Again, higher doesn’t mean better and lower doesn’t mean worse. It just means different, in different ways! A Xi of 50 represents your average shot, and being closer to 50 means you’re more closely repeating your average shot. Repeating your average shot over and over again is how you master the sport!

Secondly, as you become more consistent in your shots, your Xi Level will increase. When you get your BOWdometer, you start at Level 1. As BOWdometer learns about you, your shot habits and your consistency, your Xi Level may change.


When your Level increases, the sensitivity of the sensors increases, which makes it harder to have a tight Xi grouping. At higher levels, the tiniest change in sensor data can lead to a dramatic change in your shot Xi.

This is meant to challenge you to really focus in on your movements. It’s designed to motivate you to focus in the same way you would with your coach watching you, or in a competition or tournament.

Use Level Mode when you’re doing some serious practice to get your reps in. Shots you take with BOWdometer in Level Mode factor into your Level History, with your most recent couple hundred shots having the most influence on your Xi Level.

Here are some quick facts about Levels:

  • Your first shot in a Level Mode session will always be 50. That’s by design.

  • Your Level is calculated after you end a session. Don’t expect to change levels mid-session.

  • You need to shoot at least 50 arrows ever before your Level can change for the first time.

  • You can skip Levels, and you can go up OR down several levels between sessions. This is why it’s so important to concentrate in Level Mode

  • Since Xi is very reliant on your BOW SETUP, make sure your BOW SETUP is accurately representing how you and your bow interact right now to maximize the effectiveness of your practice!


Many people want to know exactly what you need to do to Level Up. And let me tell you, right now it’s pretty complex. Our Data Scientists reviewed hundreds of thousands of shots from archers of varying skill levels to create our secret levelling Algorithm. There’s no “magic spread” you can have in a session that will lead to an increase in Level.

The best way to increase your Level is to shoot the most consistent shots possible. Levels are a great way for BOWdometer to grow with you as an archer. Celebrate with your friends when you level up, and keep each other motivated to shoot and keep aiming to increase your Level over time.


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