How to Broadhead Tune Your Bow

By Brodie SwisherJanuary 7, 2020

LAST UPDATED: February 12th, 2020

Countless bowhunters swear off a variety of broadheads every year simply because they don’t fly like their field points.

“Do they fly like a field point?” 

It’s the million dollar question for bowhunters searching for the deadliest broadhead they can find. However, when a lot of these guys realize that a head flies a bit different than their field point, they immediately move on to the next broadhead. Sadly many quality broadheads are discarded or overlooked as an option and never find a place in the quiver simply because they don’t impact right next to a field point arrow.

However, with a quick and simple tuning method, these broadheads can fly much like a field point. Here’s a look at how to tune broadhead tune your bow.


Broadhead tuning a bow is a quick and easy way to ensure confidence and deadliness with each shot.

How to Broadhead Tune Your Bow Quick and Simple

Watch the video below for a look at how to broadhead tune your bow…


As you can see in the video above, tuning a broadhead to your bow is as simple as making slight adjustments to your arrow rest.

Unlike when we sight our bow in – where we chase our arrow with our sight pins – when it comes to tuning for a broadhead, we’ll move the arrow rest the opposite direction of where our arrow impacts. If the arrow is shooting left, we make a slight move to the right with our arrow rest. If the arrow impacts high, we move the rest down and so on. Just remember, “opposites attract” when it comes to how to broadhead tune your bow. You simply move the arrow rest opposite of where the arrow impacts.


Some broadheads fly like a field point right out of the package – others do not. That’s why it’s important to know how to broadhead tune your bow.

How it Looks in the Field

Start with shooting a field point at 20 yards. Your field point is likely right on the money since you’ve likely already got it dialed in. But your broadhead is impacting 3 inches to the right.

You simply move your arrow rest back to the left. Remember, it’s a very slight adjustment.


Minimal adjustments to your arrow rest in the opposite direction of your arrow impact will pull your broadhead back to where you want it to be.

Now shoot the same again. Field point followed by broadhead. You should see that your broadhead is now shooting back to the left. If it’s not right with your field point, make another adjustment. With these slight adjustments, you can basically walk your broadhead back to where it meets up with the field point.


After making tuning adjustments, the broadhead (left) actually broke the nock on my field point.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to shoot some of the baddest broadheads on the market this season. Take the time to tune your broadheads and ensure they are dialed in for optimal performance. It’s a simple chore that’ll allow you to hunt with confidence and notch more tags this season.

Brodie Swisher
Brodie Swisher is a world champion game caller, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and Editor for Bowhunting.com. Brodie and his family live in the Kentucky Lake area of west Tennessee.
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