The Paradox?

What is The Archer’s Paradox?

Other than one of the finest traditional archery events companies(!), The Archer’s Paradox is the term used to describe the way the arrow flexes when it leaves a traditional (or any non-centreshot) bow.

The paradox is that in order to hit the target, one must nearly always aim just to one side of the target – something which the modern sighted bows can be set up to adjust for, but traditional bows demand a more intuitive reaction.

The problem occurs when your arrows have too much (or too little) flex for the strength of your bow – the arrows will literally “wave” along their length, crabbing sideways through the air as they do this. Only by matching your arrows to your bow can you reduce this problem.

If you have a look at these resources, you can find out a little more about The Archer’s Paradox:

The Archer’s Paradox – Super Slow Motion Cinematography

Wikipedia – The Archer’s Paradox