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Bow International Issue 136

Bow International is the world's only specialist target archery print magazine, and within each issue you'll find news and reviews, new gear, technique, advice and tips; plus exclusive interviews from the world's greatest archers.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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in this issue

2 min.
the pointy end

I was struck by a comment from ArcheryGB's Jon Nott in the last issue, during an illuminating discussion on sustainability and consumables. He said: “The amount of times I've seen someone with an old set of arrows with a brand new bow. You'd have been better off with that older bow and a brand new set of arrows.” Looking around at various quivers at my club of a Saturday morning, he wasn't wrong. I've been lucky enough to watch the elite many times, and it's noticeable how much they preen and check the contents of their quivers. (I've been told that Takaharu Furukawa, the silver medallist at London 2012, likes to refletch all his arrows every night, and I'm still waiting for an opportunity to ask him if that's the…

4 min.
bow news

MORE COUNTRIES ACHIEVE OLYMPIC QUOTAS Spain has been officially awarded a recurve men’s quota place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Pablo Acha’s bronze medal at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus. There was a delay in confirming the spot due to an investigation into an appeal regarding an earlier match involving Sjef van den Berg and Dan Olaru. The Netherlands were awarded a women's place at the same event. Archers from the USA, Brazil, Canada and Colombia won Olympic quota places at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, bringing the total number of countries qualified for the archery competition next year to 27. Four of the five continental Games, which act as Olympic qualifiers, have now taken place, and 75 of the 128 places available at Tokyo…

3 min.
archery: better together

Shortly after the archery World Cup event in Berlin this year, the Olympiastadion almost immediately geared back up for another archery event. This was the German national championships, but included as part of a weekend multi-sport event event called ‘Die Finals’ (The Finals). This took annual national championships in ten sports – archery, track cycling, road cycling, athletics, boxing, canoeing, swimming, triathlon, gymnastics and modern pentathlon – and bundled them together into a single event across the capital. The results were spectacular. The organisers were hoping to sell 70,000 tickets, in the end, 178,000 turned out across the two days. Archery was free to attend – and packed out – but even more importantly, the accumulated viewing figures for the sport topped out at 1.5 million, beaten in the ratings only…

7 min.
carbon arrows: what you should know

Competitive archers are always looking for an advantage and constantly musing over how they can improve their equipment. Arrows are always high on the list with questions like: "can my choice of shaft buy me points, will one set of arrows be better than another, is one manufacturer the go to brand and how do I ensure that they are the right spine for me?" After all, you do not want to spend all those hours training to be let down by a crucial piece of equipment. Arrows are the most important piece of equipment that you need to spend time getting right (after you have sorted out your draw weight). Choosing the wrong specification may end up being an expensive mistake and will reduce your scores. Here I will look at…

2 min.
carbon arrows: the options

In the UK, as we have already mentioned, many archer's choices are restricted to Easton A/C arrows. The popular and inexpensive A/C/C lightweight shafts are often recommended as a first set for beginners and lower-poundage archers, followed by the less-well known A/C/G, formerly, and more interestingly, known as the Navigator. At the top end the choice is either A/C/E or X10 shafts. The A/C/E at £345, will give you one of the lightest and fastest arrows available, which if you are struggling with sight marks and no scope to increase draw weight will give you better arrow speed and sight marks. Above this are X10's at £4-500 and a bit heavier than ACE's, they drift less in the wind, but the extra weight may cause issues with attaining longer sight marks. A/C/E…

7 min.
helical fletching

When we start out in archery arrows are just seen as necessary components, and they all just have fletchings on. Even beginners with limited technical knowledge understand the function of fletchings, but don't really pay much more attention to them beyond selecting the size, shape and colour. As time goes by archers start to see subtle differences on colleague's and competitor's arrows, and eyes get opened to the fact that there's multiple types and ways of applying fletchings to a shaft. In this article, we're going to be taking a look at the very popular option of helical fletching. Helical fletching settles an arrow faster by offering an increased amount of gyroscopic stabilisation via a higher drag factor. The word helical is derived from the word “helix” and means to have…