The right arrow – the best prerequisite for hitting the target.
The arrow is one of the most important components of archery. I always say, “the arrow is more important than the bow,” whereas this refers to the quality and correct coordination of the arrow.
There are good reasons for this selection. With an arrow that is well suited to a “simple” bow and the archer, a better shot can be achieved in any case than with a super high-end bow and an arrow that is absolutely unsuitable for the bow and the archer. Therefore, the basic rule in bow sports applies: the arrow has to fit to the bow and to the archer, because only under this condition a clean arrow flight and a good grouping can be achieved.
For each archer, it is extremely important to adapt the arrow to himself and his bow. This is where physics plays a quite simple role. The bow initiates energy via the string into the cam of the arrow, which is to be used to launch the arrow. In extreme cases, this energy could even destroy the arrow when launched, injure the archer, and possibly also damage the bow. Usually, this is the exception. In 99.9% of all cases, where the arrow does not fly where it should, it is due to the lack of coordination between arrow, bow and archer.
In archery, you can often observe that women and children shoot the no longer used arrows of the men. This cannot work out well. Unless the man uses a bow which has exactly the same pull weight as the bow of the woman and both have the same pull-out length and, thus, also the same arrow length. However, it is easy to imagine how often this is the case.
Wooden arrow, carbon arrow or aluminum arrow – which arrow is the right one?
No matter whether wood, aluminum or carbon is shot: a coordination of the material is always important for archery. It does not have to be the most accurate at the beginning of the bow career, but with the progress of the training you should optimize the coordination between arrow, bow, and archer to achieve a good hit pattern and consistent results.