In the ancient times, archery was the choice of many to hunt or kill their enemies. Today, archery is still alive but only as a sport. You may have dreamed of trying archery yourself. There is a wide variety of bows but the most popular one would be the compound bow. This popular bow uses a special levering system consisting of cables and pulleys. It provides a mechanical advantage since the limbs are much stiffer than other bows. Less energy is dissipated in the limb movement that is why it is a good option for beginners. Before heading out to an archery store and buying yourself your first compound bow you must consider some factors.
To begin, identify the draw length. In determining the draw length, stand straight and extend your arms to your sides forming a “T”. Measure the tip of your right middle finger up to your left middle finger with the assistance of someone. Then divide the measurement by 2.5. Now you have your draw length, however, ask someone from the archery store to measure it for you just to be sure.
Next is the draw weight. Draw weight is how heavy or how much you are able to draw and pull back the bow. Female beginners of archery are recommended to have a draw weight of around 24 to 28 lb. While male beginners are recommended of a draw weight of around 28 to 32 lb. The more you practice shooting the heavier the weight of the bow you are able to draw.
Next is to determine the axle to axle length. It is the measurement of the wheel like devices attached to the limb tips of the bow.
In determining the dominant eye, also called “ocular dominance”, extend out your arm and form a triangle using your thumb and forefinger. Find something to focus on like a doorknob on the center of the triangle while closing one eye. You may have noticed that your dominant eye sees the doorknob in the center while the other sees it differently. The brain prefers to send you visual input differently on each eye. In most cases, the dominant eye is on the same side as your writing hand but there are some who have it on their other eye.
Make sure that you will have a short list of all the archery stores that meets your budget. Widen your choices by searching for archery stores in the internet.
In order for you to be comfortable in shooting, find a good bow to use. Lastly, a good bow will give you a good posture while a bad bow would ruin your body structure.