BUYING YOUR FIRST BOW?
Deciding to 'Buy a Bow' is not an everyday occurrence, be it your first or not, it requires detailed thought and discussion.
However your first bow is always the most difficult, there are so many unknowns. Equally your first bow is possibly the most important purchase you will make in the sport. If the bow is wrong, you may well discard it and turn to another sport, in the belief that Archery and you are not compatible. This would be a pity. Hence, you want to get the choice right or as near right as possible. As with any decision making, the solution lies in, gathering as much relevant information as possible and then making an informed decision. The object of these words is simply to promote discussion and indicate various pros and cons of a few alternative approaches.
Let us start with what I must assume you know at this stage: -
1. How much are you prepared to spend? It is a pity to have to consider this aspect early in the decision-making process, but to most of us it is important. Obviously, you must have a figure in mind, but try not to be too fixed about it at this stage. Cost will come up in the discussion later so please read on.
2. The type of Bow required; obviously it is necessary to be definitive on Compound, Recurve, Barebow or Longbow; Be guided by an experienced archer as to suitable arrow length, type and draw weight. Take this information to a reputable retailer, Quicks Archery is local to the Club. They are an archery specialist and will measure your size and with the information from your experienced archer, put together suitable equipment for you and your budget. Allow a few hours for this process as you will be given the opportunity to try the equipment before finally choosing. Also be aware that most new archers will change arrows, and limbs after the first year of shooting, Quicks will also guide you through this.
As well as a bow and arrows don’t forget the small bits like a finger tab, quiver, arm guard, sling, bag etc.
The choices at first seem to be bewildering but your finances may/will narrow the field down.