Why the Straightness of Your Arrow Isn’t as Important as You May Think

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The straightness of an arrow is important, but it’s not as big of a deal as you may think. Accuracy in your form and consistency is more important than the straightness tolerance levels in this game.

Archery is a game where accuracy and consistency play a big role. If you shoot barebow, most people won’t see much difference between a .006 and .001 arrows.

The only time that the straightness tolerances matter more is when you start to compete with other archers who shoot professionally.

Yes. If you are an elite archer with a “perfect” and consistent form – an arrow with better straightness levels will make a difference. It could give you the edge to beat your opponents.

For all of us that are regularly shooting but not reaching Olympic levels … I doubt that it has a massive effect. It is more about how well you are executing the shot.

When it comes to buying arrows, there are some things to consider:

  • Spine (stiffness)
  • Weight (grains per inch)
  • Straightness
  • Hunting or Target Shooting?
  • And of course the price!

Why in most Cases, it is not your Arrows Fault

The straightness tolerances in an arrow are at most a minor issue. It is more important to have a good form and consistency than to have arrows with perfect tolerance levels from shafts that would cost hundreds of dollars.

Don´t get me wrong. I am not talking about people that participate in tournaments. But let’s say you are into 3D archery. Does it matter if you shoot a .006 or .001 arrow?

Here you´ll find a review of the hunting arrows our editor was succesfully using last whitetail archery season.

No. In my opinion, it does not! At least not so much that it would justify spending significantly more for an arrow.

If you are serious about competing, my advice is to buy the best arrows you can afford. It will have a psychological effect: You spent more money on better gear – as a result, you are more confident – and maybe achieve better results!

Are Premium Arrows Worth it?

If you want to find out more about this matter, I strongly suggest you read this article here. Trail Kreitzer wrote it – He did some actual testing and measuring. Awesome article!

Trail Kreitzer said: …”Finally, there is a dynamic that I have not discussed, which is spine and consistency. Spine consistency is probably the most critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to an accurate group of arrows.”… he goes on that …”If your arrow is too weak for your setup, the arrows will not fly or group well. The same goes for an arrow that is too stiff.”…

Source: https://www.gohunt.com/read/skills/arrow-straightness-test/

I believe that if you are a novice archer or average, the straightness of an arrow will not make much difference at all. As long as it’s within tolerances, then that arrow is good enough for most people.

Archery is about accuracy first- any inconsistencies in your form throw off the arrow’s trajectory. And accuracy comes from practice, so be diligent in how often you train!

Why Confidence Matters

Archery is about gear, but even more so about your mental state. Confidence can mean the difference between shooting a great round and coming up short of your potential.

Everyone has doubts, but it’s important to always believe in yourself and shoot with confidence. That feeling is what you need every time you step into an archery range or on-site at a tournament – that inner strength will push you through even when things don’t go as planned for anyone else around you.

It doesn’t matter how good gear is if your mind isn’t right! You have to keep believing because practice only makes perfect when we give ourselves 100% effort.

If you’re thinking too much about everything other than the shot itself, which should just be taken, you will mess up. Or at least won´t be able to shoot the perfect shot.

The key is removing all mental distractions and focus on only what you need to do at that moment – shooting your arrow into the target. That’s not easy, but it will give you a competitive edge because everyone has doubts, even when they are at their best!

Not an archer but still relevant. Michael Jordan. His finding words of wisdom have been with him for many years now, and he said:

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

If MJ could miss so many shots without throwing in the towel, then we can too! All success comes from failure! We have to keep going no matter what.


A lot of archers take extra care shooting only arrows with extra good tolerance levels. But your form and consistency have an even bigger impact on your results. Arrow straightness is more important once you matured from a novice archer or average archer to a professional.

I am the founder and chief editor here at BowAddicted. I love my kids, archery, and the outdoors! It's been an amazing journey so far with some ups and downs, but it's worth it to spend time outside with friends and family.

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