The Georgia State Championship and NFAA Sectional (5-Spot) are in a week. I am still shooting my low-end beginner Olympic Recurve – riser $149.00, limbs $99.00.
The arrows, a recent change, are Black Eagle Intrepids. These arrows are $4.42 each. By competitive standards not typical high-end gear. Nevertheless, I am shooting well with this entry-level equipment.
The initial plan for the upcoming competition was to shot a single spot. The problem is that when I shoot 5 arrows at the same spot I break one every 10 to 15 arrows. Often it is just the nock. The problem with that is the nock won’t release from the shaft for a quick replacement. The inner diameter of the Intrepid arrows is simply too tight for a fast repair. In fact, I’ve yet to have a successful repair. I end up cracking the arrow trying to free the remained of the nock.
Of the broken arrows, that is while shooting 5 arrows at a single target, over twenty ends it us usual to have a Robin Hood. I have, from practice wear, 15 arrows remaining.
At the pace the arrows break after the first day of shooting the upcoming tournament, using a single spot, I have just 9 arrows remaining. That means on the second day at 2/3 of the way through the tournament’s second day I have 5 arrows remaining. If the stats remain true on the last end I’d be an arrow short.
The solutions: 1) buy more arrows before I depart for the tournament, 2) shoot a 5-spot.
I’ve been practicing exclusively using a 5-spot. This is specially to save arrows. Occasionally, 1 out of a hundred times, I miss the four line by a hair. A single spot would be a never miss. My 5-spot practice scores aren’t for a beginner recurve archer: mean is 283 with a range of 278 to 292. Out of 100 arrows 66 of them will land in the white for a 5 and out of 60 arrows (tournament quantity) 18 will be Xs. (average) My concern is the 1 in 100 where I miss the blue.
The dilemma is whether or not to shoot the 5-spot versus buying more $4.42 arrows and shoot the single spot.