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Why do broadheads plane? Is it a result of the blade design? Do cutout blades reduce planing?

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  • Why do broadheads plane? Is it a result of the blade design? Do cutout blades reduce planing?

    Why do broadheads plane? Is it a result of the blade design? Do cutout blades reduce planing?

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    my limited experience with them and what I've read it's a combination of Broadhead design, arrow flex, and flteching.
    You can get an archery shop to balance and check your arrows for straightness and match broadheads so it is limited.

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      Broadheads plane when they take the opportunity to function as the fletching on the toothy of the arrow. With underspined carbon arrows (light weight, higher speed, coming off the bow ringing like a tuning fork) and small, straight vanes, you'll get the potential for the most planing. If you add a degree of offset or helical (curl around the spine of the arrow) to the fletching, you'll reduce the opportunity for the nose to find its own direction, as the spin will prevent the broadhead from getting enough headway to start to plane akin to spiral on a football. Cutouts in the head, a stiffer spine, and heavier arrows will also help. In order to start to plane, however, an arrow has to start flying with some degree of yaw, and that usually means the rest is not in tune with the nocking point - and a trip to the bow shop is in order.

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