Daily we receive emails from people looking for advice on arrow set up, broad-head choice, or just general bow tuning questions. We are happy to help regardless of whether they buy anything or not, we just want our contribution to be providing good information to make more bowhunters successful. If it was just about money for us we would make single bevel broadheads.....but that’s for another day.
So what are some of the common issues that bowhunters are experiencing and looking for assistance with? Well most are self induced due to the lack of a strong archery foundation. What does that mean exactly? I’ll do my best to explain and hopefully provide clarity in hopes of saving people a lot of undue stress.
We ask four questions when folks reach out to us through our website; com-pound/traditional, draw length, draw weight, and point weight. Those four answers will provide us the foundational information we need to provide the best possible assistance. Here’s an example of what we receive:
Only compound is answered, the other three questions are blank and it goes a little something like this......
“Right now I’m shooting a 420 grain arrow at 292 fps with an FOC of 13.9%. I want to increase my FOC to at least 19% and still maintain my arrow weight and speed. Can you make a recommendation?”
“With regards to your broadheads, what Rockwell Hardness do you treat your blades to and do you have batch reports for each treatment? Will you be offering your heads in single bevel in the future?”
“Do you fletch left helical and to what degree? My arrow clocks left off my bow
and I have to maintain that rotation for optimum accuracy. Also, do you mark the spine of your shafts for spine alignment? Are your shafts weight matched within one grain?”
Whew....exhausting just reading all that isn’t it? What I want to answer is simply this; TURN OFF YOUTUBE!!!
I’m sure this is going to offend many, but sometimes you have to hurt a few feel-ings to enact much needed change. Here’s the hard truth, you can’t shoot well enough to notice the difference of most of that stuff, none of us can.
Archers are skipping over the foundational aspects of shooting a bow and going right to the finite details that honestly don’t matter, and here’s why. Content creators are always starving for content in order to stay relevant and they put out information that is just not accurate and causes more harm than good. In most cases it’s not intentional, it’s just that they lack the knowledge themselves and are just repeating what they’ve heard elsewhere. Unfortunately, the consumer is the ultimate victim of this misinformation.
When you’re learning to drive, your parents put you in the family truckster and slow and steady is the only speed. You don’t learn to drive in a Formula One race car at 250mph. The same applies with archery, if you are slow and steady you’re going to develop the fundamentals of shooting that are critical in order to accurately shoot broadheads at game.
The best shooters in the world don’t even know what their FOC is. Just ask Levi Morgan, he couldn’t tell you because he doesn’t care. Additionally, I’ve heard him say in person and on multiple podcasts that he gets his competition arrows within 6 grains....and he’s literally shooting spots the size of a dime at unknown yardages. The difference in performance over 5-10% of FOC variance is not measurable by human shooting standards, it’s just not.
With regards to clocking arrows based on their natural rotation off the string, we humans just can’t execute a repeatable shot well enough to notice. We’ve shot hun-dreds of arrows fletched both left and right together at distance and if the bow is re-motely tuned they group all together.
Spine alignment is real and it’s a difference maker. Here’s the kicker.....it’s only an issue on some arrows. Quality shafts that are manufactured properly don’t require spine alignment, ours don’t. I’m sure this will get all the micro influencers up in arms because they have to spine align the expensive arrows they’re promoting but the truth is what it is, sorry.
I could go on and on listing all the finite details that many archers are obsessed
with but I’ll summarize what’s truly important instead, and this is in no particular order.
1. Shoot a heavier arrow at a slower speed and focus on executing perfect shots. Make sure that you can shoot accurately enough first to even at-
tempt to micro-tune your set up.
2. Learn the arrow’s trajectory and try shooting multiple ranges with one pin.
This will force you to learn the cast of your arrow. I promise you that having
that capability will pay dividends in the field.
3. Practice forcing yourself to induce bad grip torque a certain way as to
achieve poor arrow flight. Torque a group left, then right and you’ll amazed
what you’ll learn by intentionally doing it wrong.
4. Fletch your own arrows, tie your own D-loop and peep, and re-serve your
string. Get very familiar with your equipment because five miles in the
backcountry is not the place to learn.
5. You DO NOT have to get a new bow every year. It would be much better to
keep a bow as long as possible to become intimately familiar with it.
6. Keep your bow simple, simple, simple! If I could weld everything to my
bow to eliminate screws, springs, etc I’d be overjoyed.
7. Don’t follow every new trend, gadget, or product. There’s really not been
any new product in the last ten years that I would consider a “game chang-
er”. In fact, the majority of new products I’ve seen released in the last few
years have been worse rather than an improvement.
8. Do not set your bow up one way for 3D and another way for hunting.
You’re defeating the purpose.
I know that some of this may come across as pessimistic to an extent, but there’s no other way to communicate the difference between BS and the truth without sounding that way. Our goal is to see more guy’s success stories each year and the only way to do that is impart what knowledge we have from a lifetime of experiences, both good and bad.
As always, thank you for your continued support of this little company we love so
much. It’s brings great joy to us each day as we continue to expand our reach to those seeking guidance in their journey to becoming a better bowhunter.