Description: The term archer's paradox refers to the phenomenon of an arrow traveling in the direction it is pointed at at full draw, when it seems that the arrow would need to pass through the starting position it was in before being drawn, where it was pointed to the side of the target. The bending of the arrow (around the bow), when released, is the explanation of the paradox and should not be confused with the paradox itself. Flexing of the arrow when shot from a modern 'center shot' bow is still present and is caused by a variety of factors, mainly the way the string is deflected from the fingers as the arrow is loosed. The term was first used by E.J. Rendtroff in 1913, and as understanding was gained about the arrow flexing out of the way of the bow as it is shot (as first filmed by Clarence Hickman) and then experiencing oscillating back-and-forth bending as it travels toward the target, this dynamic flexing has incorrectly become a common usage of the term, causing misunderstanding by those only familiar with modern target bows, which being 'centre shot' do not actually show any paradoxical behaviour as the arrow is always pointing visually along its line of flight.