Next, I usually take three of these full-length bare shafts and shoot them at a target at around 10 yards. Initially, because of the longer shaft, the arrows should be “spine weak.” A weak-spined arrow will stick in the target with the nock pointing to the left (for a right-handed shooter; pointing right for a lefty). Then, remove the nocks, and begin cutting down the shaft from the rear to stiffen the arrow. I usually start with half-inch increments, then quarter-inch increments when I’m getting close. The goal is to have the unfletched shaft fly perfectly and stick straight out of the target. If you cut too much, the arrow will be too stiff and the nock will begin pointing towards the right (again, left for left-handed shooters). If tuned absolutely perfectly, a bare shaft will shoot true even at very long ranges.