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Paper Tuning You Bow.


paper tuning rack

Paper Tuning is arguably, the best method to fine tune the bow and arrow. You stand approximately 4 to 6 feet away from a sheet of paper held in a frame with a backstop behind the paper rack.


Most people find the best performance coincides with a tear that the fletching hitting 1/4" to 3/4" higher than the point between 11 and 1 o'clock.


Before starting to paper tune, it is important that the archer verify that the correct arrow shaft is being used. Using an arrow shaft that is too stiff or too weak may prevent paper tuning from being fully effective.


It is wise to start with the nocking point set at 1/16" above center. It is also important that the arrow rest is properly set to insure that the fletching does not make contact.


The following instructions are for right handed shooters. Left handers should use reverse of the instructions. Example: for tear right use solution for a tear left. For a tear left use the instruction for a tear right.


paper tuning rack


Tear Left: (Often indicates a weak spined arrow)


1. Decrease draw weight. Back out both limb bolts a quarter turn at a time. Make certain to adjust both limbs equally to avoid changing the tiller and nock point adjustment. Also make certain to avoid backing the limb bolts out to far to avoid injury to the archer and damage to the bow.


2. Decrease point weight. A lighter point will have some effect on increasing shaft stiffness. Too light of a point however, may result in unstable arrow flight.


3. If steps 1 and 2 don't reduce the length of the tear to your satisfaction, you may need to change to a stiffer shaft. Some small tears can sometimes be improved by moving the arrowrest away from the riser, or by increasing the tension on the cushion plunger, if one is used.

paper tuning rack

Tear Right: (Often indicates an arrow that is too stiff)


1. Increase draw weight. Tighten both limbs bolts a quarter turn at a time. Make certain to adjust both limbs equally to avoid changing the tiller and nock point adjustment.


2. Increase point weight. A heavier point will have some effect on decreasing shaft stiffness. Arrow speed may be reduced.


3. If steps 1 and 2 don't reduce the length of the tear to your satisfaction, you may need to change to a weaker shaft. Small tears can sometimes be improved by moving the arrowrest toward the riser, or by reducing the tension on the cushion plunger, if one is used.



paper tuning rack

To correct a high tear:


1. Move the nocking point down in small increments.


2. If using a launcher or shoot-thru type arrowrest, move the arrow support arm up. Increasing spring tension can also be helpful.


3. Check for fletching interference and adjust rest position as needed.



paper tuning rack

To correct a low tear


1. Move the nocking point up in small increments.


2. If using a launcher or shoot-thru type arrowrest, move the arrow suppoort arm down. Reduced spring tension can also be helpful for even finer adjustments.








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