Bow International

FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS

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It's time to go through your arrows – all of them, even the ones in the cupboard – and check for any cracks or dents in the shafts. Your arrows are the single hardest wearing item of all your equipment; they take quite a bit of punishment (and damage if your groups are nice and tight). Whether you shoot all carbon, carbon-aluminium or pure aluminium arrows you should check for any cracks or dents in the shafts. Impacts in the target will weaken the arrow and can cause it to fly badly or even splinter when shot.

Spin each arrow by hand (or use an arrow spinner) – a bent shaft will not fly straight and consequent­ly will not group with your other arrows. If you use carbon arrows, flex the shaft to check for hidden cracks. Hold each end of the arrow just below the point and the nock, then gently flex the arrow away from you, putting at least one to two inches of deflection into the shaft. Listen out for any clicking or cracking noises, if you hear any discard the arrow: it’s damaged and it’s not safe to shoot. Don’t forget to rotate the arrow a few times and check it from every angle as some cracks can be very small and hard to detect.

If you're looking for a new set, the new Easton RX7 aluminium indoor specialist­s have been receiving excellent notices from archers across the board, particular­ly with regard to forgivenes­s. From around £10 per shaft, they're a lot more affordable than many other high end arrows.

More at eastonarch­ery.com

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