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The Archer’s Paradox in SLOW MOTION – Smarter Every Day 136

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Byron Ferguson travels the world doing live exhibitions. I should note, that Byron doesn’t call himself the “Best” archer, or the “Most Amazing” archer or anything like that. These are my words, because to me, he really is the most amazing archer.
He’s a cool dude with the right balance of humility and confidence, and I have an incredible amount of respect for him as a person. I’m under no obligation to recommend that you hire him for your live event… but I do. Book him through his wife Wanda here under “Exhibition Shooting”.

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There’s an ASTM standard for measuring spine. ASTM F2031-05

Here’s a manual for how it’s measured using one particular device.


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31 thoughts on “The Archer’s Paradox in SLOW MOTION – Smarter Every Day 136

  1. B!!! He's a Worlock and this is all black magic. Anyone who's tried to master the bow in this busy day and age knows it HAS to be that!

  2. So… Any chance Mr Ferguson would give those extra, out of spec wobley sticks to a guy interested shooting a recurve?
    (Edited) Didn't realize this was four years old.

  3. What,, i didn't know you need to know the stiffness of the arrow, thats amazing, so i wonder hos did robinhood knew all the arrows outhere

  4. Awesome video! I love watching Byron Ferguson, but never seen him in person. I might be aiming to hire him for an exhibition, then when he gets here I can ply him for pointers. Asbolutely love acrchery with all types of bows….ever since I was 10. But this was the first time I heard the archer's paradox explained—how the arrow manages to bend around the bow and hit the target. At 14, before the advent of internet for all, it drove me crazy trying to figure out why the arrow didn't go off to the side. Thumbs up.

  5. Byron is using am American longbow…not a proper British one. As you can see he has a cutout and a shelf…so the archer’s paradox is less than an original longbow where you rest the arrow at your finger and the bow is fatter, and the arrow has more deflection.

  6. All ancient bows makers always put the arrow on the right side of the bow and the truth is they are so much more accurate than any of the other ones who shoot from the left it's faster easier to shoot faster

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