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These are far too stiff and shoot very poorly
on December 26, 2013
If you understand archery at all, you know the arrow has to flex around the bow's riser to shoot straight. If an arrow is too stiff for the amount of energy the string puts into the nock-end, it will fly off with the arrow yawed at an angle away from side of the bow from which it was shot. If it's too flexible, the bow string's force will warp the arrow around the riser too much and the arrow will fly away yawed toward the side of the bow from which it was shot.
The arrows stiffness must match the bow's force. The bow's force is determined by the limbs, and how far the string is being drawn. Youth bows usually have less force in the limbs, and the draw lengths from youth archers are usually short too, which means relatively little force is put into the nock end of the arrow. Therefore the arrow should be relatively flexible to shoot well.
An arrow's stiffness is determined by it's "spine" characteristics, it's length, and any weight in the point, the inertia of which helps to flex the arrow shaft upon release. These arrows at 24" are short -- and the shorter the stiffer. You'd have to shoot a really powerful bow to flex these short shafts enough. Yet a lot of buyers will think to get the short arrows for the smallest archer's and their bows. The arrows also have very light weight sheet metal points. They should have heavier metal points to help flex the shaft for bows of low draw weight and archers with short draw lengths.
These fiberglass arrows are no where near as flexible as 1/4" or 5/16" cedar arrows of the same length. Get those instead. If you do by these fiberglass ones, at least get the more flexible 30" version and do a bareshaft test. You can cut them down based on your test results using heavier points.