By Terry Rivers
The Meridian Star
Archery 101–the basics–Arrow selection for beginners
It is not the purpose of this author to address the needs of accomplished and archers. We want to focus on the needs of beginner shooters.
For the beginner, arrow selection is not rocket science. The primary thing to know when selecting an arrow is make sure the arrow is not too light for the bow. For the beginner, it is okay if the arrow is too heavy. The arrow must not weigh less than five grains x the draw weight so that a 40 pound bow should shoot a 200 grain arrow safely. A 70 pound bow needs a 350 grain arrow minimum.
As strange as it might seem, beginner shooters only need one arrow! Even many professional 3-D shooters in competition carry only one arrow to the range. Why? Only the same arrow shoots exactly the same every time. Shooting just one arrow also prevents “Robin Hooding” arrows. Splitting arrows may be fun but it gets expensive.
Why go out and buy a dozen arrows that are not going to shoot the same and lose half of them the first week? Lost arrows can soon cost more than a new bow. If my Archery Addicts Anonymous readers will follow the basic training program presented in this column, they should never lose a single arrow–I PROMISE!
Not only does the beginner need just one arrow, the first arrow does not need any fletching. So, buy one heavy arrow and shoot it at a blank bale target with both eyes shut till all the fletching falls off. Every beginner should still be shooting that single practice arrow after breaking every archery record on the books.
All the equipment the beginner needs to shoot (blind bale) a blank target is: a bow with a Whisker Biscuit arrow rest, one heavy arrow, a release, and no sights. A full capture arrow rest, like the Whisker Biscuit, keeps the arrow from falling off the rest when your eyes are closed.
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