Never Fire a Damaged Arrow
No matter what type, size, brand, or style of arrow you choose to shoot, you must always inspect each arrow for damage before each shot. Proper care of your new arrows can ensure years of quality performance. However, shafts can become damaged, and shooting a damaged arrow is extremely unsafe! Never assume any arrow is safe—not even a brand new arrow—until you have verified it yourself. It is your responsibility to check your equipment and be sure your arrows are always in good condition.
Flex Testing Routine
To inspect an arrow for defects, hold it at both ends and flex it away from yourself (and others) while visibly and audibly checking for splinters, cracks, nicks, or dents. Rotate and repeat this inspection several times to make certain the arrow shaft is not damaged in any way. If you find the arrow to be damaged, destroy it immediately. Shooting damaged arrows can result in arrow failure and possible bodily injury.
How Most Arrows Get Damaged
When shooting tight groups, there is a chance that an incoming arrow can strike and damage an arrow that's already in the target. If one arrow strikes another, the force of the impact can cause lateral cracks or dents on the arrow shaft. This dramatically weakens the shaft. If you don’t flex-test all your arrows before shooting the arrows again, you may not detect the damage. So when you fire the arrow again later, it can buckle and snap upon release. This will put your bow hand (the hand holding the bow) at great risk of making contact with the moving segments of the broken arrow. Serious injury is the likely result.
Always Shoot Arrows of Sufficient Length and Proper Spine
It is important that your carbon arrows are trimmed to the correct length and sized to match your equipment. Arrows that are too short can become lodged in the arrow rest or behind the riser of the bow (obstructed path). Shooting an arrow that is lodged in a bow or arrow rest in this manner will almost certainly result in arrow failure, damage to your equipment, and possible personal injury. The end of your arrow shaft (not including the tip) should sit approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) in front of the arrow rest (or more) when you are at full draw. An arrow that is “just” long enough is too short! Please note that changing your bow’s draw length or draw stop peg setting (for bows equipped with this feature) will likely change your arrow length requirements. Also, as your bowstring ages and stretches (as all bowstrings do) your bow's effective draw length will slowly increase, particularly if the string set is left in service for an extended period. If you choose not to have your string serviced and replaced at regular intervals, be advised that your bow's arrow length requirements may change over time. Shooting an arrow that is not of proper spine and length can result in damage to equipment or possible injury
Always Seat Nocks Properly On the String
Before firing your arrow, make sure the nock is properly seated all the way against the string. Be advised that some nocks use a “2-click” systerm, where the nock isn’t fully seated until you hear a second click. Failure to properly nock your arrow on the string may cause the arrow to fall (or partially fall) from the string during the drawstroke. This could result in a dry-fire or an obstructed path shot which could damage your equipment and cause bodily injury.