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How To Choose The Best Archery Arrows That Better Your Skills

Clemencia PurtillContributor IOctober 28, 2009

BEIJING - AUGUST 09:  A detail of arrows during competition in the men's individual archery ranking round at the Olympic Green Archery Field during Day 1 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 9, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Archery has existed for almost as long as man. It is impossible to trace the beginning of archery; it is lost in ancient history. We know that it was first developed for hunting and then combat. Now it is primarily a recreational activity. Before you rush out and buy your equipment it is useful to understand that it is the archery arrows that are the most important, more so than the actual bow. Without decent arrows you won't be able to hit any target or develop your skills.

A typical arrow has a long thin shaft with a point or arrowhead attached to the top end and fletching and a nock at the bottom. The shaft on a modern arrow can be composed of various different compounds, these include - wood, aluminum, carbon fibre, fibreglass, or composite materials.

Which type of arrows is best suited to you depends completely upon your requirements. Arrows made from wood are traditional but are likely to warp and bend more than other types due to humidity. Fibreglass arrows are quite brittle, aluminum types are the most popular, but they are rather light and so do not impact a target with so much pressure. In organised archery events, for example the Olympics, most archers will be using arrows that are made out of composite materials.

You also need to think about the arrowhead. The simplest form would be to just have a sharpened shaft, though most people prefer to attach their own arrowheads. Depending upon what form of archery you are planning to undertake, the type of arrowhead can vary greatly.

Most arrowheads are made out of hard substances like stone or metal. If you are thinking of going hunting with your bow, then you will require arrowheads that have been designed for this purpose, so as to minimize any suffering to the animals. There are many different terms for arrowheads, they can be - target points, broadheads, field points, judo, bodkin, and blunts.

At the base of the arrow shaft is the fletching. In ancient times this was always made from real feathers, but now it can made from synthetic or plastic material. These are generally attached to the bottom end of the arrow with glue, tape, or as in times past, animal sinew. It is most common to use three fletches attached in a radial fashion. The fletching is very important as if it is not attached correctly the arrow is unlikely to fly correctly. Oversized fletching can cause too much drag.

It makes sense to try a few different varieties of arrows until you are satisfied with a particular kind. You should always keep in mind that a good arrow will improve your shooting ability. It is often better to buy the more expensive arrows as they will work the best.

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