What is a good bow for beginners?
Whenever I talk to a new potential archer who is wanting to purchase their first bow I'm often asked:  "what bow is good for beginners?" I then ask them what style or type of bow are they interested in.  Most think compound bows are for advanced archers and not for beginners. This is not true.  I started shooting  with a compound bow when I got started in the sport. So, the first thing to do is select a type of bow:
Long Bow

The, choice is subjective. You and only you should select a style of bow which suits "your" taste, goals, and interest.  Once, you have selected the type or style of archery you then need to select a bow that will fit you. Fitting a bow should be something left up to your local pro shop. This is especially true for those of you interested in compound bows. Compounds are fit to the person who shall shoot the bow. I can't express how important it is to have a compound bow fit you correctly. A compound bow that is too long in the draw length or too heavy in the draw weight is a recipe for disappointment and possible injury.  Trying to calculate draw length using your wing span divided by 2.5 is only a start. Customarily, you still need to adjust the 1/2" to 1" to make a perfect fit.

Re-curves and Long Bows are a bit easier to fit as there is not an adjustment for draw length. The common problem with people selecting their first re-curve or long bow is they want to shoot too much draw weight. Most everyone thinks they can shoot 40lbs or more.  40lbs in draw weight is too much for someone just starting out.  Many can draw 40lbs or more maybe 10 times. After this things fall apart quickly. Drawing the bow 1 or 2 times is not what is going happen when you are out on the range practicing. You want to think in terms of how would the bow feel after drawing/shooting 100 arrows. Drawing 40 pounds back 100 time is equivalent to pulling 4000 pounds! So when selecting the proper draw weight always keep in mind what the bow will feel like after an hour of shooting or 50 to 75 shots. For new archers less is more. Lower draw weight will help you develop proper shooting form. When shooting long bows and re-curves form or technique is very very important if you want to learn to be a proficient archer.

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