Properly measuring arrow length is important for several reasons.
- The length of an arrow effects the DYNAMIC SPINE of an arrow. Does your 42 pound arrow actually fly like a 45 pound arrow? Do you know?
- The length of an arrow is important because it is used in the FOC equation to determine the balance point of an arrow. Further, does the balance point of this arrow match the balance points of the rest of the arrows in your quiver?
- The overall length of an arrow is NOT the functional length of an arrow. What happens if the arrows you ordered are too short for your bow? Now THAT is an expensive set of arrows indeed!
The proper way to measure the length of a wooden arrow n the traditional manner is easy. First, always measure an arrow from the crotch of the nock to the point where the arrow point meets the wood of the arrow. In the example shown above, the arrow measures 32 inches long. This places the center of the arrow at 16 inches. This will become important later to calculate the balance point of the arrow (also known as F O C).
Arrow length is one of 4 major considerations in manipulating bamboo arrows to group tightly enough to start splitting them. This balancing of these four priorities is what I call “The Arrow Maker’s Conundrum”.
IN MY OPINION, IT IS NOT VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE ARROWS MATCH EXACTLY BY LENGTH. IT IS CRITICAL THAT THEY GROUP TIGHTLY!
It isn’t too obvious, but if you study this photo, you will see that some of these arrows are longer than others. It’s that sweet spot! I want tight groups. If you want arrows that are perfectly matched by length, I understand. I can sell you that bamboo, or make those arrows for you. But you may be sacrificing your teacup group for a pie plate group. This is something that you might want to keep in mind when you set out to learn arrow making. Are they display arrows, or field arrows? Both are wonderful, and you can have whatever you want. After all, I do make custom arrows, right? Your goals are uniquely your own.,