Who knew there was so much science behind shooting an arrow? In this video, what is known as the archer’s paradox is broken down and explained for you to better understand.

Byron Ferguson – who is a legend with a longbow – shows that there are ways to work around this phenomenon. FYI: Byron can shoot an aspirin out of the air, so listen up! Byron uses a mad scientist-like method for choosing his arrows, and if they don’t meet his standards, he will not put it in his quiver.

He tests the spine of each arrow he uses to determine how much it will deflect, and in doing so, he is able to predict how the arrow will fly.

Even though Byron runs this test on his arrows and is so familiar with his arrows, there’s still a bit of wizardry involved. He still has to know which side of the arrow the wobble is going to be on, and then he lines that up with an aspirin tablet; pretty impressive shot. I’m not so good with the whole science thing, so I think I’ll just stick to using my Bear Archery compound bow instead.

Image is a screenshot from the YouTube video

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2 thoughts on “Video: Learn How the Archer’s Paradox is Effecting Your Arrow’s Flight

  1. Many decades back in WI a kid was avid archer, most of us made our own arrows from selected shaft stock, even 3/16 alum shafts for indoor target (21 lb bow) shoots and “Fletcher’s” for arrows that sometimes were pained. Even made huge “Rake arrows” from coat hangers welded to fit shaft and arms sticking out for more coverage but primarily to stick up in brush etc to find them, also bright red “Fu-Fu” feathers the wrapped around shafts to limit range… Shafts came from various shaft stocks at local shop, butt all measured and sorted. A few counties in WI allowed only archery, very long bird seasons almost all winter.. Did some deer hunting but in those days “went on stand (behind wood piles, brush, etc while others took turns “Driving woods” aka flush out deer, no “feed plots, tree stands etc”, on did drives and better hunters actually slowly stalked in woods.. Did leave plenty of “expensive bodkin broad head” arrows in trees when shooting at running deer, used 45lb alum Grimes with re-curve for hunting..

    We measured all the shafts for any use as cut ot length raw stock, then Fletcher, waxed or painted, points, nocks installed, they were again put on some sort of scale my Dad made, again “weighed”, then sorted or dismissed as not usable if at extremes, even metal shafts. These were then id’d together as a “matched set” and much prized. Took a while but local shop that supplied materials soon learned to have quality stuff as would be shunned if cheap junk materials with high reject rate showed up.

    Kind of fun doing archery back then, not held bow for 40 years, and probably to old to pull much over 30 and hold steady..One amazing match back then was a “Clout shoot”, where archer’s laid on back, had huge bows with spot to put feet and shot extremely long arrows. They held arrow/string and extended legs to “draw bow” and shot at targets way out there, ranges varied from Mortar like trajectory to more conventional targets at extreme distance, a few had very prized “Horn Bows” actually antiques made from some critters very big horns.. claimed the shoots came from Crusades’s etc, times when such stuff was consider long range artillery and used big metal shafts that penetrated amour. These shooters were very careful to “measure” arrows as the powerful bows would whip them all over place..Yep “measure” been a thing for long time…

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