If you just started taking up archery as a hobby then you are in for a real treat. Archery is a very enjoyable sport that anyone can start learning regardless of age. As with anything, it can be a little challenging at first, but once you get the hang of it you will never want to let go of your bow. Here are a few tips to help you become that eagle-eyed sharpshooter.
The first thing that you need to do is choose a style of bow. There are three different types of bows: the traditional longbow, the recurve bow, and the compound bow. The designs for the wooden long bow and recurve bow have not changed much since they were first invented. Longbows and recurves are shot using the exact same motion. Some new recurve bows are made from aluminum and carbon fiber material, giving them a modern look. They are still shot the same way as the old school wooden bows. The compound bow is the newcomer of the bunch, looking like a machine rather than a bow. The compound bow utilizes a system of pulleys making it easier to draw the bowstring back.
Now that you have a better understanding of the three categories it’s time to make a decision on which bow will fit your needs. Since you are still a beginner to archery, you might want to think about purchasing one of the lower end models and as you become more skilled then you can think about upgrading. One suggestion would be to start with a recurve bow. There is large selection of recurve bows which will allow you to ease in the hobby at your own pace.
Having a good and stable stance is important in archery because it will keep your body steady while lining up for a shot. Your legs should be relaxed, not too stiff. Your feet need to be parallel to the target spaced a foot and a half apart. Try drawing your bow a few times to get a feel for the amount of power needed to pull the string. After you draw it out a few times go ahead and load an arrow and take some test shots. Keep practicing your stance until it becomes second nature to you.
And remember, the most important thing when starting archery is to have as much fun as you can while also being safe. Happy shooting.