More About Arrow Fletching

Over the past couple of years, archery has been soaring in popularity with many clubs around the world recording an upsurge in interest in the sport. This is because of the hit films (that have embraced the sport) and the privilege to boost your physical and mental fitness and health through the sport. As a result of the recent rise in popularity, there has been the need to include more information on bows and arrows, the basics of arrow fletching and the sport’s developments. Here are some fascinating facts you need to know about bow and arrows and fletching.

Choosing the Right Bow and Arrows

Finding the right bow and arrows can seem like an overwhelming challenge for most archers with so many different options available. Depending on your mission and preferences there are some basics guidelines to help you focus on the right options.


Although recurve bows seem to be the most popular type of bow out here, it’s still important to acknowledge the existence other bows such as compound bows, cross bows, and compound cross bows. To choose the right bow, the first step is determining your draw length since it’s the most accurate way to find the accurate bow size. You’ll have to spread your arms to both sides of your body with your palms apart without stretching, and have someone measure the distance between the tips of your middle fingers (arm-span). The arm-span is divided by 2.5 to determine the accurate draw length. Once you’ve determined your draw length which will be used to find the correct bow length that suits you, it’s time for “choosing hand”. When choosing hand, a right handed archer would use their right hand to draw the string and the left hand to hold the bow. The last step is to choose weight – draw weight. This is widely known as the poundage of the bow when drawn to 28 inches. This weight increases at a steady curve through lengths, with 28 inches being the highest performance point. In most cases, a woman would choose the 24 inches draw and a man the 28 inches draw. If the entire process seems a bit complex, you should seek the help of an expert or visit an archery pro-shop to purchase your bow.


When taking part in archery it’s important that you use the right arrow. Depending on your priorities, choosing the correct arrow for your bow should never a daunting task after using this guide. First, learn to choose your arrow material by considering your practice, along with each materials benefits and drawbacks. The materials include plastic, wood, fiberglass, aluminum and carbon. Next is choosing arrow length which is the most vital stage of the process. Choosing the right arrow length starts from determining your draw length (as described above). Once you’ve calculated your draw length, just add 1 – 2 inches to it, and that will be your correct arrow length. What about the arrow spine? Well, we do understand that learning about the spine of an arrow takes time and requires a decent amount of practice, making it complex specification for most archers. For easy selection, the industry has come up with the arrow selection chart that uses your draw weight, draw length, type of bow, and arrow length to help you find right spin for your arrow. Once you’ve determined the spine and length, you should go ahead to choose your favorite shaft pattern without failing to pay attention to fletching.

What You Need To Know About Arrow Fletching

Whether you’re using the recurve bow, compound bow, or the cross bow to shoot, you’ll have to appreciate that the right arrow fletching is an absolute necessity. Arrow fletchings are meant to steer the arrow through flight. For the arrow to efficiently fly through the air, the fletchings keeps the back and front end of the arrow in the correct alignment, adjusting the flight path of the arrow when necessary.

Arrow Fletching Choices

The most common types of arrow fletching used in modern archery are the plastic vanes, feather vanes and shaped vanes. These options come with their special benefits with feather vanes being suitable for indoor shootings, plastic vanes for both indoor and outdoor use, while the shaped vanes being used widely by competitors, Olympians, archery enthusiast and experience archers. On the size and number of vanes, experience shows that the normal 3 equally spaced vanes are appropriate, but you can add the fourth to for more spin and lower profiles. Most suitable arrow fletching comes have a broadhead of 4 – 5 inches. Although arrow fletching aren’t that delicate, archers should always be observant to identify loose fletching, ripped fletching, and missing sections. This will help the offer proper maintenance for optimal accuracy. In conclusion, selecting the right bow and arrows, and perfect arrow fletching can improve your shooting. Ensure you take the time needed to find the right equipment for your needs.

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