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# What causes an arrow to not shoot straight?

## What causes an arrow to not shoot straight?

An arrow must flex just the right amount to shoot straight. If it does not flex enough it is too stiff or over spined and if it flexes too much is is too weak or under spined. The most common problem especially for recurve archers with carbon arrows is over spine.

### Where do you place the arrow on a split finger bow?

Archers shooting split finger should start with the lowest part of the nock locator attached to the string 3/8″ above the height of the arrow rest. If you are shooting a compound bow with a “d loop”, the d loop should be roughly at the same height as the arrow rest bolt hole. Use a bow square to make sure your placement is exact.

#### How is the direction of an arrow determined?

The direction of the path of your arrow is entirely determined by the alignment of the nock and the point. Each can be adjusted independently. Moving the bow will adjust the position of the point. Moving the string will adjust the position of the nock.

What causes an arrow to kick on the target?

The plastic vanes are rigid and if they make contact with the bow, arrow rest, or shelf when the arrow is shot it can cause the arrow to “kick” resulting in very poor arrow flight and inconsistent results on the target. Feathers have the ability to compress and will fold out of the way if there is slight contact.

How did the crossed Arrow Clock get damaged?

The clock was damaged by shrapnel when the house in Ilford Essex was bombed by the Luftwaffe in WW2. It survived but doesn’t tick tock anymore. Have you tried connecting with a clock expert for restoration purposes?

An arrow must flex just the right amount to shoot straight. If it does not flex enough it is too stiff or over spined and if it flexes too much is is too weak or under spined. The most common problem especially for recurve archers with carbon arrows is over spine.

## Is the mainspring on the top of the clock set?

The mainspring on the top is an old weakened mainspring. A mainspring like this is considered “set”. If we put this mainspring back in the clock we run the risk of the clock not operating a full week on one winding. For comparison, the mainspring on the bottom shows a new one of same strength and length.

Archers shooting split finger should start with the lowest part of the nock locator attached to the string 3/8″ above the height of the arrow rest. If you are shooting a compound bow with a “d loop”, the d loop should be roughly at the same height as the arrow rest bolt hole. Use a bow square to make sure your placement is exact.

Ruth Doyle