Arrows the + and -

Keeping with the talk about arrows, yes there’s more, what’s with the +/- on the box, why is it there, and how does this help you? The first one I always notice is the +/- “x” grams, this is talking about the difference between the arrows in the box. Arrow company’s weigh the arrows when packaging this is why some are cheaper than others some boxes are +/- 5 others can be as small as +/-1. This is telling you that within the box the arrows could be for example 5 grams above the stated weight or below, giving you a range of weights for your arrows. The other +/- on your box talks about how straight all of your arrows are. Arrows didn’t get the term “straight as an arrow” for no reason, so don’t worry they are straight but how consistently straight are they all. Again another reason some boxes of arrows cost more than others. If you didn’t know arrows flex when they fly, and the tighter the variance for how straight the arrow is the more consistent a box of arrows will fly.

But what does all of this and why should you care? Well if you’re just a hunter and your furthest shot is no more than 30 yards, +/- of course, all of what you just read may not mean much more than trivial information. But for all of you that want to shoot competition or like me want to have as much control as you can with your archery knowing this can be all the difference. The smaller that number is for weight the more consistent speed you’re going to have which means each time you shoot the arrow will hit wear your pin is. If that number is larger your arrows may end up higher or lower than your point of aim just because of the weight difference. It’s very similar when talking about straightness the smaller the variance you have the more consistent your arrows will fly instead of flying with the tail circling causing the arrow to move left or right and up and down. More consistent means you have the ability to be more accurate, shoot your game, or score higher points.

Does that mean you should by those high dollar arrows that are $90 for a half dozen? Probably not, especially if you are just starting out. In my experience beginning archers are inconsistent enough in their shooting form that those high dollar arrows with small variances don’t help them much at all. That can quickly lead to frustrations and burnout if someone is told they will see better results and they are not. But what if you’ve been shooting for years, what then? I always say shoot what you can afford, if you can get those expensive $90 arrows go for it. Those arrows with small variances could be what you need step your game up and maybe win a tournament, that would be a huge confidence boost and move closer to that pro/am tournament you’ve been dreaming of.

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