Mint Hill Mule said:
Thanks again nuts & bolts. Does it matter what distance?
10 feet in my garage is what I do.
I would not use a bag target. They are notorious for being uneven.
I set up a cardboard box, and fill it with newspaper.
I turn the box over so I am going through several inches of newspaper.
It's like firing an arrow through a telephone book.
3 or 4 inches of newspaper provides a lot of stopping power.
I will put several inches of cardboard on top of the newspaper to
give the arrow something to go through.
Just make sure you are shooting at a bullseye on the cardboard box
full of newspaper,
and make sure your stack up enough boxes so that the bullseye is
at your shoulder height.
If your bow hand thumb is at your shoulder height
then you are pretty close to holding your arrow level.
If you want to confirm you are doing it right,
have a friend take a digital picture of yourself at full draw,
before you launch the bare shaft.
It's what I ask everyone who posts a picture
when they ask for help with their form.
This is a simpler version of shooting a fletched arrow through paper.
When the bare shaft sticks in your layered foam target,
or your Cabelas foam target
or your homemade cardboard box target full of newspaper,
and the bareshaft sticks perfectly level in your target
digital picture confirms you started at full draw with the arrow perfectly level,
then you can be pretty sure that your fletched arrow will also be
flying perfectly level.
After you finish adjusting your d-loop
and nocking point
so that the bareshaft is flying perfectly level,
then if you wish,
fire a fletched shaft through
paper and look for any high or low tears.
I don't think you will find any.