Win a Bet With Your Pals: Does an Arrow Spin in Flight?

Win a Bet With Your Pals: Does an Arrow Spin in Flight?

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WATCH: Arrow Penetration Test for Deer Hunters

Just how many revolutions does a broadhead-tipped arrow shaft complete before striking a target 30 yards downrange when shot from a popular modern compound bow with an initial velocity of 260 fps?

High-speed photography shows that arrows don’t spin in flight the way many hunters believe, which will be surprising to many of them. (Photo: Dan Schmidt)

The answer: Zero.

Yep, you read that right. Most folks believe that an arrow in flight rotates rapidly as it sails downrange. However, high-speed photography shows that a carbon shaft straight-fletched with standard 2-inch plastic vanes does not even rotate one time at 30 yards…



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