In buying your first compound bow, you need to understand the basics of a compound bow to help you determine the correct bow most suited for you. You can do the research yourself to know all the details on the essential components and its meanings, as also the technical aspects of bow shooting, but this might otherwise staunch your interest and smooth introduction to the sport once you encounter some difficulties. So, it’s more appropriate for you to avail the services of a professional archery instructor to help you understand all the basic and important things you need to know about archery as a beginner to the sport.
One of the first and important things to take note when buying your first bow is draw length. The draw length is the distance between the nock on the string and the grip when the bow is fully drawn. The anchor points are the parts of your face, namely your chin, cheek, and lips or nose, where the string touches your face. These anchor points is where your drawing hand comes to touch the anchor points on your face when drawing a bow in aiming and shooting a bow. A draw length that is too long is not safe to have, as it will make the string hit and injure your bracing arm.
The next thing to consider is the bow’s weight. Light weight bows are most suited for hunting, as this need to be carried around for the duration of the hunt when stalking or following a game target. Heavier bows are most suited for shooting stationary targets such as that found in archery competitions.
Next is the brace height or the distance between the bow grip and the string. It should be as comfortable as possible to enable an archer draw, aim, and shoot easily. With a shorter brace height and a long draw length, the bow is harder to draw. Whereas, a longer brace height will let an archer draw the bow more easily. The shorter brace height shoots faster arrows, while the longer brace height shoots slower arrows. The trade off is that short brace heights are difficult to shoot and does not afford accurate shots.
Last to consider is the draw weight. Draw weight should be set according to the type of archer: for adults the comfortable draw weight would be 50 lbs., for kids 10 lbs., and for teens 20 lbs. Draw weight is dependent on the drawing power of the archer in order to have the desired ideal and correct drawing, aiming and shooting movements for more accurate shots.
Take the tips to heart and you’ll get the right bow suited only just for you.