Her coach suggested some outdoor arrows. That means breaking free from our standard aluminum arrow. Indoor arrows can have a wider tube (“shaft”) and for recurve use feather fletchings vs plastic vanes. This could mean soliciting lots of opinions and getting advice from different range staffers or messaging with Lancaster Archery. Instead I took a recommendation from the excellent Easton Archery Podcast and decided to focus on the Carbon One. Her coach agreed, but now more questions. Arrows aren’t like picking a soccer ball, you could select the Adidas Tango and then the next choice is color and size. With arrows, the dimensions of choice include size, shaft weight, spine @28″ span, length, fletchings, and point weight. She is not ready for a clicker (which assists in the shot sequence and will alter the arrow length), so we don’t know how long the arrows should be nor the shaft weight. These will be the first two questions a tech will ask you. Her coach let her try some different sizes Of Carbon Ones, but they were mostly cut to work with clickers. When she shot these short arrows, her coach said they were “porpoising”, which means wavering up and down. That means longer arrows are required.
It is hard to avoid the complexity of the Easton Arrow Selection Chart. Despite a lot of work to make the chart user friendly, you have to know a lot about you, your bow, and your setup. This is a moving target for a young archer.
Her coach suggested getting a couple of weights and testing them out. We have three each of 1000 and 1150 with the recommended tip. The Easton tip is 70, 80, or 90 points, which is a unit of measure for weight. The tip breaks off at various places to change the weight.
They are attached with hot melt which is a glue that is applied with heat versus a cement glue. The plastic vanes are attached with a slight offset.
These thinner arrows shoot faster (they stick into the bale further) and shoot farther (her misses were further down the range). This sounds complicated, and we are at the novice stage. I suspect this is why there is a lot of “follow the leader” in arrow selection or “buying from the top of the list” – if you notice that Brady Ellison uses the Easton X10 (their high price arrow), and you purchase it, you don’t leave room for too many excuses with your equipment.