What arrow rest do i need?
This is the most frequently asked question that we get from new traditional archers. This can be confusing, so lets make this as clear as possible:
- if you pull the string with your RIGHT hand, you want a RIGHT hand arrow rest
- if you pull the string with your LEFT hand, you want a LEFT hand arrow rest
- if you want to shoot off your hand, then choose UNI-GRIP
Right Hand Arrow Rest: You will place the arrow on the left side of the bow , hold the bow with your left hand and draw back the string with your right hand.
Left Hand Arrow Rest: You will place the arrow on the right side of the bow , hold the bow with your right hand and draw back the string with your left hand.
***Still not sure? It might help to figure out which eye dominant you are. If you are right eye dominant, then we sug-gest a Right Hand arrow rest. If your are left eye dominant, then we suggest a Left Hand arrow rest.
Pictures to help demonstrate:
What draw weight should I pick?
This is also a very frequent question, but here are a couple good rules to follow and a table of draw weights that can help you pick the right draw weight. Once you start shooting you may want to increase the Draw Weight of you bow, but don’t go too heavy to fast. Going to heavy might make pulling the bow back hard and take the fun out of shooting. So if your trying to make your decision…..go for the lighter choice.
3 big rules for Draw Weight selection:
- DONT GO TOO HEAVY - if you choose a draw weight that is too heavy or to hard to pull back then you are going to be disappointed with your bow and you will not have fun shooting.
- ATTENTION Compound bow shooters - most compound bows have a "let off" so a 70# compound bow might feel like a 30# traditional bow. DO NOT COMPARE compound bow weights to Traditional bow weights
- BOWHUNTERS - Each state has restrictions on the minimum draw weight for bow hunting, check with your state. Most require a minimum of 40LB draw weight at your draw length.
What is my draw length?
This question is a little easier to answer than most because there are 3 easy ways to figure out what your draw length should be. All of these methods will get you close to what your draw length should be. I recommend the height method overall.
Arm Span Method
- Stand with your arms out and palms facing forward. Don't stretch when measuring, stand comfortably and naturally. Have someone else help you to measure from the tip of one middle finger to the tip of the other. Then divide that number by 2.5. The result is your suggested draw length in inches for your arm span.
- If you don't have someone to help, you can simply hold a measuring tape from one hand to the other
The Height Method
- Simply take your height in inches and divide by 2.5 amd round down to the next draw length
- Example: 6' Tall = 72"/2.5 = 28.8" Draw Length or 28.5"
The Chart Method
- Here is a chart that can also help you find your draw length
- I would suggest doing all methods and see if you come to the same or close to the same draw length and then go with the longer one
Understanding arrows and selection
There are many different types of arrows available for the traditional archer. Most common arrows are: Wood, Carbon and Aluminum. There is no wrong choice for the type of arrow for your bow, but you need to make sure you choose the right arrow within the chosen type. Each kind of arrow has a "Spine" or deflection rating. This "Spine" is the amount of stiffness or flex that the arrow has. This is important because the arrow needs to flex or bend around the bow as it passes the bow, this is called the "archer's paradox". The type of bow you shoot, draw weight, draw length and point weight all play a part in selecting the right arrow for your bow.
Carbon: arrows built from carbon material and are generally very straight and keep their straightness overtime. Generally speaking, Carbon arrows are the most durable arrows because they can take an impact and still stay straight.
Aluminum: arrows built from aluminum and generally straight and keep their straightness overtime. Generally speaking, aluminum arrows are not as durable as carbon arrows because they more easily damaged or bent when they take an impact.
Wood: arrows built from wood material like cedar that require the arrow to be straightened by hand from time to time. Generally speaking wood arrows take the most work to keep straight and are the most vulnerable to impact damage.
Wood arrows seem to fly the best off a wood bow if properly spined and straightened. I recommend that if you have the time to hand straighten, then you should shoot wood arrows, if you lack the time or diligence to hand straighten, then go with carbon.
Points and Broadheads
Every arrow will need to have a point or arrowhead at the end and this depends on your intended use for the arrow. Field points are used for target archery and broadheads are used for hunting. In general all points have a weight associated with them which is referred to as the "Grain" of the point. In general if you plan on bowhunting, then you should practice with a 125Grain field point, and then install a 125 Grain Broadhead when going out to bowhunt.
Knowing your arrow length
Once you have established your draw weight and your draw length, we suggest adding 1 inch to the draw length to determine your Arrow Length. This will extend the arrow past the bow and make sure that your broadhead does not hit your bow at full draw.
What arrows should I pick for my bow?
Carbon Arrows: Spine Selection Guide:
- 330 Spine - for Draw Weights of 60+
- 400 Spine - for Draw Weights of 50-55
- 500 Spine - for Draw Weights of 25-45
Wood Arrows: Spine Selection Guide:
- Go to the next spine weight heavier than your bow
- Example: 40-45 Draw Weight bow would need a 45-50 Spine Weight Arrow
|Bow Draw Weight||Wood Arrow Spine Weight|