Archery Sets

How to Choose Archery Sets in 4 Easy Steps

If you’re thinking of getting into archery then there are a few things to know before you choose your archery sets and probably the most important is the difference between a recurve and a compound bow. In essence a recurve bow is simpler and more basic than a compound bow.

Step 1 – Choose Your Bow

So you know that there are essentially two different types of bow, but which is best for you?

A recurve bow comprises a frame (up to three pieces) and one single string which is much shorter than that of a compound bow. The frame is often made of wood if you want to go for that authentic feature. Another advantage of a recurve bow is that it is lighter and therefore more portable plus, having fewer components, they are much easier to maintain.

The disadvantages of a recurve bow are that if the frame breaks it must be replaced and also the force needed to use them. Some recurve bows for beginners are made to be easier to use but you won’t get the distance with them.

Compound bows use a pulley system which makes accurate shooting much easier. They are also more customizable for the shooter as you can add tools such as scopes and quivers so you have the whole set ready to take with you. However, the initial price is higher than that of a recurve bow, although maintenance is easier and cheaper as only the broken piece needs replacing rather than the whole frame.

Probably the best bow for the beginner is the recurve but if you’re in this sport for the long haul then a compound bow would be for you. The best thing to do is rent a bow at an archery range and try both types.

Step 2 – Which Arrows?

Aluminium arrows are good for shooting both outdoors and indoors but you need arrows with the right flex for the weight and distance of your draw. You will need advice from your coach.

Step 3 – Select a Sight

Sights differ for target shooting, 3D shooting and hunting and in many other ways. For a new archer a beginner’s sight would be a good choice; you need a sight which is adjustable and flexible but it would be advantageous to try a few before you make a final choice.

Step 4 – Essential Accessories

Normally accessories are optional but these are not. They don’t cost a lot but you definitely need them.

An armguard to protect your arm from the bowstring.
A finger tab (if you choose a recurve bow) is made of leather and protects your fingers from the bowstring.
A mechanical release (if you choose a compound bow) makes for a clean release of the bowstring.
A quiver holds your arrows so that you know exactly where to find them.

In addition you can personalise your archery sets with different colours and designs but you might do best to stick to the basics to start with.

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