Ancient Archery

Archery is a great sport, whether it's target or field, and it's been around long enough to make it to the Olympics for the last 100 years. In all the continents except Australia, bows replaced the need to manually hurl pointed projectiles at animals and other people as far back as 60,000 years or more ago. Ancient civilizations adopted it as a means of offense or defense, and a skilled archer held a position of respect and honor. Competitions were regularly held to find the best archers, and all male children in certain cultures were made to learn the art form as part of their education. However, after the introduction of gunpowder, the bow and arrow started losing its position as a weapon and gradually mellowed down to become a sport that is now very popular in all countries; in fact, it is the national sport of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Beginner Archery Sets: In Your Sights

Modern archery is a highly specialized sport, with numerous options with regards to bows, arrows, quivers and accessories. The involvement of professional engineers in bow designs from the 1920s created a plethora of new ways to maximize projectile distance – from these experiments come the modern day recurve and compound bows, and other innovations. If you're looking at reviewing some beginner archery sets, whether to ultimately become a professional or just as a hobby, there is some basic information to help you in your search for the right set for you. The first step is to select the right type of bow.

Beginner Archery Sets: Bow And Arrow Selection

There are four basic types of bow, each serving a particular purpose. The fiberglass bow is a classic beginner's bow, and is suitable for children to learn on, as well as hobbyist who don't plan to take the sport up professionally. They are light weight and easy to learn to use. Next is the Recurve bow, the only kind permitted in the Olympics; this is normally used in target archery and is perfect for beginners' archery sets. The compound bow is the third type, and it comes with cam systems to make drawing easier; because of this they are also heavier than other types of bows. The last type is the simplest form or the traditional bow, which includes the English Longbow and the American Flat bow among others.

To select the right bow, you will need to know a few things. It's useful to have a quick reference list of these criteria when shopping for beginner archery sets as it can be quite confusing to remember. The first on your checklist is orientation – left or right-handedness; all bows are designed to support one or the other so this is an important item. The next is the bow length: for older children, a 64-inch bow is suitable, and for every four additional inches above 5 foot 6, a two-inch increment in bow length is recommended. Draw weight is next, ranging from 16 to 32 lbs; this is the amount of pressure required to draw the string back to its shooting position, also called full draw. This is usually selected by a trial and error method, but go with a lighter draw weight when in doubt – because this is more a matter of technique than strength, you don't want to strain your arm when using a bow and arrow for the first time; you can always increase the draw weight gradually as you acquire the right techniques.

The next step is to figure out the right arrow length and the material of arrow to use. Its best that you check with your instructor about this, as your safety depends on finding the right arrows to shoot with, and the available options can be overwhelming without professional guidance. There is also a formula you need to use when selecting the right type of arrows.

Beginner Archery Sets

You can find beginner archery sets for as little as $20, and for as much as $300. Irrespective of the make, a good beginner archery set should come with all the basics: sight pin, arm guard and finger tabs. Before you buy one, figure out those criteria so you'll know exactly what to pick up.