IMPROVE ACCURACY & PERFORMANCE AND PUT A STOP TO ENERGY-ROBBING ARROW DRAG
At Full Flight Technology, we not only offer the most advanced technology in the field of archery, we provide a wealth of knowledge to help you understand why and how you can improve your archery performance at the range or on the hunt.
Find out what is robbing your arrow of speed and energy. How can you improve your shot if you don’t understand how factors (such as arrow weight, length, vane structure, arrow shaft construction, draw weight) affect arrow flight characteristics such as speed, and trajectory? To truly understand how to improve performance you must measure the terminal performance. Because the Velocitip Ballistic System continuously measures arrow drag, now you can.
Sean Demonstrates the Velocitip Handheld System
THERE IS MORE TO FLAT SHOOTING THAN LAUNCH SPEED
Whether at the range or on the hunt success in archery is about repeatable precision. A flat shooting arrow provides an advantage because it reduces variance over distance caused by the arrow’s flight trajectory. An arrow’s trajectory is determined by both launch speed and the arrow’s ballistic performance in flight – its drag. Our patented Full Flight CaptureTM continuously records the arrow’s ballistic performance in flight. This information allows archers to improve accuracy and consistency by understanding and then reducing arrow drag caused by equipment selection, setup or shooting form.
A FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE WHEN COMPARED WITH OLD TECHNOLOGY (the Ballistic Chronograph)
The Velocitip Ballistic System continuously measures arrow drag in flight to provide downrange performance data. This means that, unlike a ballistic chronograph, no down-range equipment setup is needed to measure arrow performance at target impact. As you review our website, you will find that the Velocitip System provides a host of standout features not provided by a chronograph.
UNDERSTANDING THE USE OF MEASURED ARROW DRAG TO CAPTURE TERMINAL PERFORMANCE
Terminal performance is the performance of the arrow (or bullet) at impact. Drag is a measure of the forces that act to slow your projectile down after it leaves the bow or gun. Many factors affect the rate at which your arrow loses velocity. For a selected arrow shaft, some of the most significant factors that lead to your arrow bleeding speed and energy in-flight are the construction and orientation of your vanes/feathers, the amount of oscillation in the arrow when it leaves the bow, and the rate at which arrow oscillation dissipates in-flight. The good news is that you have the ability to optimize arrow flight to reduce drag through a combination of proper shooting form, proper equipment selection and proper equipment setup.
ARCHERY PERFORMANCE vs. RIFLE PERFORMANCE
BALLISTIC PROPERTIES OF FACTORY AMMO ARE FIXED
An end-user cannot customize factory rifle ammo.
With effective shot placement, there are dozens if not hundreds of cartridges suitable for killing a deer, North America’s most popular big game. Despite that, most big game hunters using rifles select a rifle cartridge based on the rated ballistic performance and resulting terminal performance that they prefer. A manufacturer can provide that data because the characteristics of factory ammo are fixed at the time of manufacture. For example, the bullet's size, shape and weight along with the charge are all fixed at the time of manufacture. Therefore, the muzzle velocity, flight characteristics and terminal performance are known with a relatively high degree of accuracy and repeatability.
FINE TUNING AN ARCHERY SETUP TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE IS THE NORM
Many more user-controlled variables affect arrow drag than affect bullet drag.
In contrast to guns, bows feature adjustable draw weights, the arrow's vanes or fletching, length, weight, dynamic spine and FOC can be customized by the archer post-purchase. All of the preceding affects the ballistic performance of the arrow and the resulting terminal performance.
WHY ENERGY MATTERS FOR THE BOW HUNTER
Because draw weight and launch values alone do not determine the terminal performance, kinetic energy (or KE) and momentum (products of arrow weight and arrow velocity) at impact are much better measures of the killing efficiency of your equipment setup.
VelociTIP: The overall efficiency of your archery equipment can be determined by dividing KE at Impact by KE at Launch.
% Retained energy = KE@Impact/KE@Launch
Retained Energy Cannot be Determined Without Measured Terminal Performance at Shot Distances
WHY TERMINAL PERFORMANCE MATTERS FOR THE TARGET ARCHER
Reduced Oscillation Results in Flatter More Stable Arrow Flight = Increased Accuracy
ARROW DRAG IS THE BEST MEASURE OF BALLISTIC PERFORMANCE
Arrow Drag Can Be Used to Immediately Detect How Shooting Form & Equipment Setup Affect Performance
Arrow shaft oscillation occurs at every shot. The speed at which the oscillation is dampened in flight will affect arrow drag - the greater and longer the shaft oscillates the greater the drag. Because aerodynamic performance is largely the product of the arrow's stability in flight, terminal velocity and terminal energy at impact provide the best measure of performance especially when used in combination with launch values. For example, the overall ballistic efficiency of your archery equipment can be determined by dividing Speed at Impact by Speed at Launch.
VelociTIP: Fingers Shooters Can Use the Velocitip System’s Precisely Measured Arrow Drag to Detect Shot-to-shot Inconsistencies in the Archer's Release
Archery's New Performance Metrics are Only Available with the Velocitip System
Twelve of the top new compound bows were tested with the Velocitip System in 2012. Three bows retained more than 93% of their launch energy at 20 yards (listed alphabetically):
Bowtech Insanity CPX
PSE EVO 7
How does your bow rate?
Based on Shooting Data from the 2012 Outdoor Life Bowtest
RETAINED ENERGY = KE AT THE TARGET DIVIDED BY KE AT THE BOW
HIGHER RETAINED ENERGY = FLATTER SHOOTING, MORE LETHAL ARROW