Paper Tuning

Caution
Although there are a number of acceptable tuning methods that work well, Gold Tip recommends paper tuning for release aid shooters and bare shaft tuning for finger shooters. Gold Tip also recommends the use of a string loop for compound shooters using a release aid. This will prevent nock pinch and will allow for a more accurate setup and more reliable tuning.

Shoot arrows through a suspended sheet of paper at a distance of 4 to 6 feet and observe the resulting tear.
See adjustment illustration below to achieve a perfect tune. Make vertical adjustments prior to horizontal adjustments to avoid getting a false reading due to vane clearance issues.

Tim Gillingham's ATA Seminar PowerPoint:
High Tear Low Tear
Left Tear Right Tear

Perfect Tear
Perfect Tear
High Tear
High Tear
Possible Corrections:
  • Move nock point down.
  • Move rest up.
  • Decrease launcher stiffness.
  • Shorten arrow length if possible.
Low Tear
Low Tear
Possible Corrections:
  • Raise nocking point.
  • Stiffen launcher stiffness.
Left Tear
Left Tear
Possible Corrections:
  • Move rest/center shot towards riser (right-handed bow).
  • Move cable guard towards arrow (decrease load on cable guard).
  • Adjust wheel lean.
  • Use stiffer arrow.
  • Decrease draw weight.
Right Tear
Right Tear
Possible Corrections:
  • Move rest/center shot away from riser (right-handed bow).
  • Move cable guard away from arrow (increase load on cable guard).
  • Adjust wheel lean.

Tip from the Pros: Try spraying your vanes with aerosol foot powder to determine if there is any vane contact with the arrow rest. Vane contact can cause erratic arrow flight and inaccurate paper tear readings.

Tip from the Pros: When paper tuning, proper shooting form and a consistent release are critical. Try shooting each arrow a number of times to make sure that you are getting a consistent reading. Paper tuning can be time consuming, but can pay big dividends in accuracy.