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Archery for the Novice

Have you ever considered taking up archery?

Like all hobbies, there are parts that come easy and there are parts that are more difficult to grasp. Most people that have used a bow believe that it takes more skill and finesse to handle one than it would be for someone to use a gun.

You will find that most archers have this opinion, whether it’s true or not. There are many different types and styles of bows and if you’re a beginner, there is a lot to learn. I, myself, prefer a bow to a gun. The pleasure and pride in being able to shoot a bow is far different than the use of other, more simplistic, weapons. There is a certain beauty in being able to draw back a bow and let fly an arrow.

For thousands of years archery has not only survived, but thrived. It’s easy to be taught how to use a bow, but it requires a lot of practice and work to become proficient. When you’ve finally hit that bullseye for the first time, the pride and pleasure are more rewarding than simply pulling up a gun, sighting, and shooting.

It takes a good deal of upper body strength to use a bow. The more weight that you draw back, the more power is behind the arrow and the farther it will go. As you grow stronger with each shot, you will be able to add more weight to your draw. That, in itself, can make you feel good. You’re getting better, growing stronger, and will soon be able to get further away from your target.

If you are interested in taking up this wonderful pastime, the hardest first choice to make is not what style of bow you want to use, but which kind of bow is right for you.

When buying a bow, do not look for the cheapest. Not only is a cheap bow easily broken, but it is also very unreliable. Poor Accuracy and serious injury can come from a cheap and poorly made bow. One of the best things about owning a bow is that no one can use it but you. Well, unless you have a twin. Why? Because a bow has to be somewhat customized to fit your draw length. A traditional recurve bow can be used by nearly anyone, and has the common draw of about 58 inches.

A compound bow is where it gets personal. Your draw length can be determined by standing with your arms held out and the palms of your hands facing forward. Don’t stretch, but hold your arms naturally. Have someone measure the length from the tip of one middle finger to the other. Divide that number by 2.5 and you will have your draw length in inches. Because the bow is specifically for you to use it, when you do use the bow, it has somehow become more than just a weapon, it’s part of you.

The pride that you take with each well placed shot will leave you wanting more.


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