The bow was one of the first major technological advancements made by humankind - it is a device that uses tension (usually in strings) to shoot projectiles at high speeds and with great accuracy over long distances.
Bows have evolved significantly since then! There are a few main types:
Types of Bows
Recurve (or traditional) bows are one of the most popular types of bow used for hunting and target shooting. A traditional bow is designed to have a longer "pull length" than other types of bows, which makes it easier to shoot arrows. Recurves also have a lower draw weight than compound bows (another kind of bow).
But there's one drawback: Recurves are not as accurate at long distances compared with other types of bows, so you might have to put more time and practice into hitting a target.
Compound bows are a type of bow that uses pulleys and cables to achieve more power, range, speed or accuracy. As with any other kind of bow, compound bows work by storing energy in elastic limbs as they are drawn before releasing it quickly for propulsion. This is how a compound bow achieves its power.
Athletes use the "Olympic recurve" type of bow at the Olympics. It’s also a popular choice for recreational archers. Olympic bows aren't just for the Olympics; they're great for 3D and target shooting, as well as in field and indoor archery.
If you know a kid who wants to learn archery, a youth bow is a great place to start. Youth bows are designed for smaller users, so they're shorter and have a lower draw weight than other types of bows. Most children aren't strong enough to use an adult-sized recurve or compound bow.
How to Choose the Right Bow for You
So how do you choose which type of bow is right for you? You need to consider your strength (draw weight), arm length (draw length), and shooting style (recurve or compound). If you're unsure which type of bow is right for your body's dimensions and level of experience, try borrowing a few bows from other people and trying some of our bows out before buying.
Tips for Buying a Bow
Consider What You'll Use It For
How will you be using your bow? If it's for hunting, you may want a heavy-duty crossbow for accurate shooting. For target practice and indoor shooting games, you’ll likely want a more lightweight bow without all the bells and whistles.
Do Your Research
There are so many different types of bows and accessories out there. Because of this, you want to read up on the pros and cons of various bows so you can make the right choice.
Consider a Package
Whether you're just getting started or have done archery for years, packages are a great way to meet your equipment needs.