4 Problems with Foam Archery Targets

Easy Pull -- You Don't Get this from Foam Targets!

Last winter a friend of mine told me his truck was stuck in 4-wheel drive . . .

If you have ever driven a vehicle in 4-wheel drive on dry pavement, you know what an awful experience it is! Not only that, but bad things can happen if you continue to drive without fixing the issue. As luck would have it, he found an easy fix and saved himself a ton of money before any damage was done.

Imagine how bad it would be if you had to drive a truck 365 days a year in 4-wheel drive, all the while knowing that you may only need to use it 15-20 days a year. Thankfully, manufacturers design their vehicles to easily change from 2-wheel to 4-wheel drive at the flip of the switch.

This reminded me of how frustrated archers get when shooting foam archery targets. Unfortunately, you can’t flip a switch to adjust to your compound bow or crossbow shooting needs -- in other words, you must leave it in 4-wheel drive.

Admittedly, archery foam targets are a viable option when considering an archery target purchase. They can be shot with both field points and broadheads -- the better ones do a pretty good job of stopping arrows and bolts.

That being said, foam archery targets are one of the most basic targets. They do have advantages such as being affordable, lightweight, and versatile, however, foam archery targets do have some drawbacks and can pose problems for any archer.

1. Arrows are hard to remove from foam targets.

When you are out enjoying a nice afternoon of shooting, the last thing you want to do is expend half of your time and strength trying to pull arrows out of your target. Unfortunately, this is what happens with foam targets. When shooting a foam target, it is likely that you will be spending more time and effort pulling your arrows out and less time pulling back your string. Foam targets are designed to stop arrows with friction. 

2. Arrows can become welded into foam targets.

The laws of thermodynamics say that friction produces heat. And when you shoot arrows at a high speed—they get hot. So hot in fact, that your arrow can melt the foam in your target and weld the arrow in place. Since foam targets are designed to stop arrows with friction, it’s not uncommon to hear archers talking about having to cut an arrow out of a foam target. If you are a foam target owner, check your arrow heat the next time you remove an arrow out of a target. And, if you find yourself cutting that arrow out, you may want to consider buying a SpyderWeb Target.

3. The versatility of foam targets is overrated.

With foam targets, it’s a “tail wagging the dog” situation. A main attraction to foam targets is the ability to shoot field points and broadheads, but most people only shoot broadheads just before hunting season. It’s kind of like having to drive a truck all year in 4-wheel drive even though you only need it 15 days a year. 

4. Shooting foam targets can become expensive quickly.

No matter what foam target you have, the nature of broadheads is that they are designed to kill—and that is exactly what they will do to your target. If you are a hunter and shoot a fair amount of broadheads, it can become expensive very, very quickly. When you’re looking not just at replacing your target, but replacing your broadheads as well, the costs can add up fast.

Instead of going out and buying another foam target, give SpyderWeb Targets a try!

Each and every SpyderWeb Target exudes stopping power with our patented technology featuring a Spylar mesh face. SpyderWeb Targets are above average in craftsmanship, above average in design integrity, exceptional in performance, and supreme in the ease of arrow removal.

At SpyderWeb Targets, we share your passion for archery and are looking out for your best interest instead of just trying to line our pockets with your hard-earned money. We want you to spend more time shooting and less time and money on foam targets and arrow replacement. That’s why SpyderWeb Targets is working hard every day to make targets that have the ability to last a lifetime of shooting.

If you’re ready to welcome us into your archery equipment family, check out our products to see which target fits your shooting needs. If you have questions about the durability of our targets or any other questions, contact us today!

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