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Finding Arrow Nodes... Then What?

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Okay, so it is my understanding that the nodes of an arrow are [two] points where during the arrow's flex from launch to target follow each other in the line of flight [provided flight is tuned], and I have a basic understanding of a technique for identifying arrow nodes... But then what? What do you do with this information; why is it "important" to set up/tune? Are you trying to line up the node with the plunger, or having the plunger between the nodes; before/after?

Yeah, I'm probably not going to get a great ROI if I pursue the efforts, it's a curiosity/learning endeavor.
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The first problem for bb is if an archer is good and consistent enough to tell if it is a tune issue or if it is just part of the inaccuracies of bb.

Nodes not being in the right places creates issues with the arrow jumping to the side at release one way or the other. But once again, how do we tell for most bb shooters?

It gets interesting talking about the rear node also- How brace height is basically the timing for the disconnect of the nock. If this is wrong then the rear of the arrow jumps as well.

This is a big problem for people seeking really fast setups shooting with fingers. The arrow just travels too fast to complete the cycle it needs to clear the bow properly and keep nodes where they need to be.

I believe this is leading to a lot of false tunes. Probably doesn’t matter for most except the highest level shooters but it sure wouldn’t hurt if everyone understood what’s going on.

There’s some really good slo-mo videos on YouTube that show what’s going on. Might be easier to understand to watch videos of highly tuned oly recurve set-ups. Everything is timed to perfectly clear the bow and keep nodes pointing to the target.
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Have you come across any that are taken from above looking down on the arrow? All I've been able to find are from behind the archer or in front of which makes it difficult to see what's going on.
The good ones that stand out to me were from the front, a little offset, and a little higher so you could see the arrow all the way. Haven’t seen any good ones from above that I remember.
This video doesn’t show anything about nodes, it shows the bounce from stringwalking and bigger crawls. It’s a good example of why rests like the Zniper are ideal for that. Notice how that rest jumps back up and looks like it contacts the arrows? That would be inconsistent and a pain to tune.

Nodes and the effect on them is from the horizontal movement of the string and arrow due to the release. Videos from the front or rear show this.
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This is a good example of a well tuned recurve and how the nock disconnect is timed.
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