Selecting Good Archery Arrows

By: Scott Byers


The arrow is the single most important piece of archery equipment, followed by the bow. Without good archery arrows your aim will always be off, no matter how accurate you can shoot.

So what makes a good archery arrow? There are many factors that influence the quality of an archery arrow.

The stiffness of the shaft of the arrow affects how much the arrow wobbles after being shot from the bow. You don't want an arrow that bends too much, or it will be less accurate.

The material that an archery arrow is made of can affect its performance. Modern arrows are usually made of wood, aluminum, or carbon. It is important to select arrows of the right material to suit your needs.

A heavier arrow will impact the target with more force, but will travel much slower than a lighter arrow. Make sure to take this into consideration when choosing an archery arrow.

The head of the arrow is also important to consider, especially if you are going to be using the arrows to hunt with. Be sure to select a head that is best suited for the particular animal you will be hunting.

The nock of the arrow is the slit on the end which holds the arrow in place as you shoot. An archery arrow's nock should not be too tight on the string, or it will not release properly when you shoot.

The fins attached to an arrow are called the fletching. Some fetching is made of real feathers, and other are made of plastic or synthetic feathers. Archers often debate which is better to use, so it is best to try both types and see which better fits your needs.

Selecting good archery arrows can improve your shot tremendously, so try out many different types of arrows and find out which types of arrows are best for you. Don't be afraid to spend a little more, because high quality tools are always worth their price.

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Scott Byers is a contributor to Absolute Archery - a complete archery resource with article on archery, and archery supplies.

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