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    Difference between LW and RW feathers

    Political spectrum jokes aside, is there any difference in getting left wing or right wing feathers? As a right handed target archer, do I need right wing feathers? I know not to mix RW and LW feathers but otherwise I am oblivious as to which one to go for.

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    they're mirror images of each other, so impart spin in different directions. Hence you need to make sure that you only use one or the other. Otherwise it doesn't matter which. A properly tuned bow will have clearance, and if you have clearance it doesn't matter what spin you use.
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    I wonder what would happen if you shot three arrows all with LW and three all with RW? I mean, would they give two groups or just one?

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    Either will be fine. Whichever you pick though that is the direction of the offset you should use (or helical). You would not have a left wing feather and fletch it right offset as the offset would be acting against the feather. That's my understanding of it.
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    AndyW, I can see the sense in what you say. If the curl of the feather spins the arrow one way when straight fletched, then putting the opposite spin on with the offset would seem to be a strange way of getting an arrow to spin. BUT, just out of curiosity, for someone wanting to slow arrows down, would that arrangement mean that the arrow would slow down as effort is wasted at the back( drag possibly?)

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    geoffretired, I would guess they would slow up and fly horribly.
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