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    Arrow flight path

    My target practice range has a background of thick woodland.

    Having entered my first outdoor competition yesterday it suddenly became clear that this woodland has been hiding the flight of my arrows from sight.
    At the competition and with a clear background I saw the flight of my arrows clearly for the first time.

    More significantly my arrows seemed to depart very side ways before straightening up compared with other archers who’s arrows appeared to travel much straighter from the off.
    I thought this might just be perspective but when I stood behind other archers it still held true.
    If this is true, what does it say about my tuning and what should I do to correct it?
    I imagine it has something to do with my centre shot/plunger stiffness/arrow spine?
    To get the results that bare shaft tuning suggests I should, I seem to have to maintain a very weak plunger setting which in turn suggests very stiff arrows but my arrows are well within the Easton recommended range for my draw.
    My gut reaction is to increase my centre shot and stiffen my plunger?






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    Quote Originally Posted by taergalger View Post
    My target practice range has a background of thick woodland.

    Having entered my first outdoor competition yesterday it suddenly became clear that this woodland has been hiding the flight of my arrows from sight.
    At the competition and with a clear background I saw the flight of my arrows clearly for the first time.

    More significantly my arrows seemed to depart very side ways before straightening up compared with other archers who’s arrows appeared to travel much straighter from the off.
    I thought this might just be perspective but when I stood behind other archers it still held true.
    If this is true, what does it say about my tuning and what should I do to correct it?
    I imagine it has something to do with my centre shot/plunger stiffness/arrow spine?
    To get the results that bare shaft tuning suggests I should, I seem to have to maintain a very weak plunger setting which in turn suggests very stiff arrows but my arrows are well within the Easton recommended range for my draw.
    My gut reaction is to increase my centre shot and stiffen my plunger?
    Hi,
    When the arrows are in flight are the points swerving to the left or to the right before straightening up and are you right or left handed?
    Are you making sure that when at full draw the string is in quite firm contact with your chin as this can help reduce the initial sideways kick of the string when you release?
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    Quote Originally Posted by greygoose View Post
    Hi,
    When the arrows are in flight are the points swerving to the left or to the right before straightening up and are you right or left handed?
    Are you making sure that when at full draw the string is in quite firm contact with your chin as this can help reduce the initial sideways kick of the string when you release?
    Greygoose
    Points out to left.
    I am right handed.
    No, I have a relatively loose anchor point, I have found that if I try to anchor firmly I tend to tense up my neck muscles.
    Overall I am getting averagely good results but now and again have the odd wild shot that didn't feel like it should have been that bad and I'm wondering whether it is my technique that is not good enough to tolerate anything less than perfect execution or my set up.
    Experience has taught me that going on a tuning fishing trip with the little knowledge that I have will only leave me feeling frustrated so I want to understand exactly what I am trying to achieve before I start tinkering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyakashrek View Post
    Check your clearance, rotating nocks can make a big difference.
    Thank you for the tip, I have tested and its fine, I used a spray on talk, no disturbance.

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    I had a similar recently, your gut instinct might be right have a play with the centre shot, this for me elimated most of fish tailing for me. Then Id play with the stiffness of the button.

    If you can at you practice range shoot a long distance 70m - 90m as the distance will allow you to watch the arrow in flight for a short period.

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    Just looking at the arrows in flight can be misleading, you may not see the arrows quickly enough to pick up exactly what is going on. Bare shaft tune before you start playing with anything. To start with don't change anything just settle your self in with a few arrows and then shoot two fletched arrows and a bare shaft at about 18 to 20 yds. and see what the points of impact for the bare shaft is. Go from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Tee View Post
    Just looking at the arrows in flight can be misleading, you may not see the arrows quickly enough to pick up exactly what is going on. Bare shaft tune before you start playing with anything. To start with don't change anything just settle your self in with a few arrows and then shoot two fletched arrows and a bare shaft at about 18 to 20 yds. and see what the points of impact for the bare shaft is. Go from there.
    Spot on. A bare shaft test is the first thing you should do to check that your nocking point is right and that your arrows are the correct spine. Do as Jerry says and let us know the results ie. where the unfletched arrow hits in relation to the fletched arrow.

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    You could look at the Bow tune for a reason for your arrows wagging their tails
    or you can look at your form particularly the "loose" if you have a sloppy anchor and are flicking your hand out you are going to greatly exagerate the "Archers Paradox" and whatever tuning you try will be hampered by this.
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