Explained: Arrow Spine

In this second installment of Nocked and Ready to Rock for 2016, John Dudley talks about arrow spine.

The spine of an arrow refers to how much that arrow flexes. You want some flex in your arrow, but not too much, which makes choosing an arrow with the correct spine critical for accuracy.

Dudley talks about how an arrow’s spine affects accuracy, before outlining the factors archers need to consider in determining the correct arrow spine for their setup. Finally, he talks about the arrow manufacturers’ charts bowhunters need to refer to when picking an arrow shaft.

Explained: Types of Arrow Shafts

John Dudley, in this episode of Nocked and Ready to Rock, explains the most common types of arrow shafts that are on the market today for bowhunters who use compound bows.

This is the first episode of Nocked and Ready to Rock for 2016, and Dudley’s plan for the entire series is to explain how he picks, builds and tunes his arrows for bowhunting. The full series includes 13 episodes, which are part of Dudley’s larger television show, Nock On, aired on The Sportsman Channel.

In this first installment, Dudley talks about aluminum arrows, carbon arrows, aluminum/carbon arrows and others. He also offers explanations of the benefits of each type.

How to adjust a sight

To close out the Nocked and Ready to Rock Series, John Dudley describes how to adjust a bowsight.

This is the last step in the 13-part series that describes every step for setting up a compound bow for bowhunting.

As Dudley notes in the video, to sight in, you’ll want to take aim at a target and release an arrow. Wherever that arrow hits in relation to your aiming point, that’s where you move your pin.

In other words, if the arrow hits high, move your sight pin up. If it hits to the right, move the pin to the right.

Once your sight is adjusted, your bow is ready to rock in the woods.

How to paper tune your bow

John Dudley talks about paper tuning a bow in this 12th episode of the video series, Nocked and Ready to Rock, which tracks the full set-up of a compound bow for hunting.

Dudley discusses the importance of shooting an arrow through a piece of paper to check the flight of your arrow as it leaves your bow. If the arrow isn’t flying straight, accuracy problems are likely to follow.

Then he discusses how to read the holes in the paper to determine what issues you might be having, and he suggests several ways of fixing the problems.

Ultimately, the goal is to produce a “bullet hole” in the paper, which shows a circle perfectly framed by slices from your fletchings.

How to set up your compound bow sight

As we near the end of the Nocked and Ready to Rock series, John Dudley talks about setting up a bow sight in this 11th installment. Dudley notes that simply attaching a sight to your bow and then sighting in does not insure consistent accuracy.

Dudley walks through the process of leveling the second and third axes on a sight. Doing this will allow you to know that your sight is is perfectly level, whether you’re shooting on flat ground, uphill or downhill.

If you don’t set the two axes, then your level can give you false readings. And if you cant your bow to move the level bubble to the middle while using a sight that isn’t properly leveled, then your arrows will hit wide of where you want them.

In this video, Dudley talks about a leveling tool you can use to help you with this process.


How to install a peep sight

How to install a peep sight is the task John Dudley tackles in this 10th part of the video series, Nocked and Ready to Rock.

Dudley talks about the importance of getting the peep sight in the right position for an individual archer. It’s critical for the archer to settle in to his or her comfortable anchor point and be able to see through the peep. You shouldn’t have to change your anchor just to see your sight.

Once the peep is placed in the correct spot, Dudley then walks through the process of securing it. That process includes twisting the string to get the peep to always be open to the archer’s eye at full draw.

How to tie a D-Loop

John Dudley talks about tying a d-loop on his bowstring in part 9 of his 13-part series, Nocked and Ready to Rock. The d-loop, of course is a cord that’s attached to the string of a compound bow at the nocking point.

The archer hooks a mechanical release to the d-loop, to avoid wear and tear on the bowstring and to ensure consistent interaction between the bowstring and the release.

Dudley demonstrates in detail his technique for tying a d-loop in this video.


How to tie nock sets

John Dudley, host of Nocked and Ready to Rock, demonstrates how to tie nock sets in this eighth part of his 2015 video series for setting up a compound bow for hunting.

Nock sets are affixed to the bowstring so that the archer can nock an arrow in the same spot for every shot. A nock set consists of two parts that frame the spot where the arrow should be nocked for each shot.

Dudley likes to make his own nock sets out of archery thread, rather than clamp on brass ones familiar to many archers. In this video, he talks about why he prefers to make his own, and demonstrates how he makes them.


How to set up a drop-away arrow rest

Nocked and Ready to Rock host John Dudley talks about setting up and adjusting a drop-away arrow rest in this seventh installment of his video series, which walks through the entire process of setting up a bow.

For his setup, Dudley uses a limb-driven Trophy Taker, so that’s the drop-away rest he describes.

He talks about the importance of setting the rest so that the arrow comes off the bow straight, and walks through the steps he takes to make that happen.


How to tie cat whiskers onto a bowstring

Pro archer John Dudley walks through the steps for tying cat whiskers onto a bowstring in this sixth installment of Nocked and Ready to Rock. This is the 13-part video series in which Dudley will have completely set up a hunting bow by the end of the last episode.

Rubber cat whiskers are tied onto a bowstring to help make a bow shoot quieter. The rubber whiskers will kill just about any string vibration noise.

In this video, Dudley describes where to tie the cat whiskers on a string, and how to do the job so the whiskers stay firmly attached.