I am working on setting up my new compound bow and zeroing my bow sight. My arrows keep hitting to the right when I’m shooting the bow. What is the problem?
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If you're an archer and you've noticed that your arrows consistently hit to the right of your aim point on the target, there are several possible causes that you should consider; issues with your bow sight, arrow rest, form, the arrows themselves, and grip.
One of the most common reasons for arrows to hit to the right is that the bow sight is misaligned. If your sight is off, it can cause your arrows to veer off course, resulting in shots that are off-target to the right. It's important to make sure that your sight is properly adjusted and that your sight pins are aligned with your target. If your sight is off, adjust it to move the pins to the left. Obviously, if you just keep chasing your pins there is something else wrong.
Another factor to consider is your arrow rest. If your arrow rest is not properly aligned, it can also cause your arrows to veer off course, resulting in shots that are off-target to the right. Check that your arrow rest is centered on your bow and that your arrow is sitting properly on the rest.
With both your bow sight and arrow rest, make sure they are secured tightly to your bow. If they are loose, this could obviously cause consistent issues with your shot.
In addition to equipment issues, form can play a role in arrows hitting to the right (and hitting to the left). Proper form is essential for accurate shooting, and if your form is inconsistent, it can affect the trajectory of your arrows. Check that you're using proper form, including keeping your elbow up, maintaining proper posture, and following through with your shot. Make sure you understand the fundamentals of shooting a bow and complete the entire shot cycle correctly when shooting. Not doing any of these steps correctly can throw off your arrows.
The arrows themselves can also be a factor in arrows hitting to the right. If your arrows are too stiff or heavy for your bow, they may not fly straight and could hit to the right. Make sure that your arrows are the correct length and stiffness for your bow.
Make sure your arrows have been tuned correctly and that they are hitting straight into the target without any consistent issues with the arrows hitting at an angle every time you shoot. If your arrows hit the target at an angle consistently, your arrows are out of tune and need to be nock tuned to fix the issue. The bow could also be out of tune, but a lot of issues can be addressed quickly by nock tuning.
Finally, the grip can impact the arrows hitting to the right. A tight or inconsistent grip on the bow can cause your arrows to hit to the right. If you grip the bow too tightly, it can cause your hand to torque the bow, which means that the bow twists to the side as you release the arrow. This can affect the alignment of the bow sight and cause your arrows to hit to the right of the target. To prevent this, it's important to grip the bow in a relaxed and consistent manner, allowing the bow to sit more naturally in the hand and reducing the risk of torquing the bow during the shot.
By checking each of these factors and making adjustments as necessary, you can improve your accuracy and consistency on the range.
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