Not all bows are good for beginners
There are a huge number of great bows on the market each of them scoring high customer review and being hugely accurate. Most of these bows in trained hands offer speeds of over 350 fps. Most of these bows are also absolutely unsuitable for a novice, unless you want to struggle, miss each time you shoot or even hurt yourself and damage the bow. It is of great importance to realize that compound bow for a beginner must meet certain criteria to be safe and enjoyable as well as enables fast progression. I was lucky to be shown which compound bow to choose and why. Below you can find all the information you may need to make a prudent decision that will shape your progress and enable you to enjoy this sport from the first day.
Attributes of the perfect compound bow for a novice
A good bow for a beginner needs to be adequate to arm length and strength of its user as well as forgive minor errors during shooting. Your arm length determines what draw length of the bow suits you. It is possible to adjust this but it is crucial to shoot a compound bow only when it is completely drawn. This way the let off works optimally and aiming is easiest.
When it comes to draw weight, which is the maximal power you will need to pull the sting during drawing, you need to pick one that corresponds to your strength. A good draw weight for most men taking their first steps in the field of bow-hunting or archery is 60 pounds. Ladies usually should aim for 40 pounds.
As for forgiveness of the bow two factors are of most significance - brace height and axle-to-axle length. Being a newbie you need to remember that the longer the brace height the less distance (when drawing) you will have to make errors and ruin your shot. Of course the speed will not be impressive if your bow has high brace height but it is not that important at this stage of your career in archery.
The last important factor you need to remember about is axle-to-axle length. At this stage it is enough to know that below 32 inches things are getting messy and perfect technique is needed. But you should not also aim for too long bows as they may be uncomfortable in use - especially in the woods.
My recommendations for beginners
I can fully recommend a bow that has been on the market for a number of years but is also regularly updated to keep in line with newest technological advances. This bow year by year scores great reviews for its quality. The name Stinger (PSE) is no stranger to most bow-hunters and was not only my first compound bow but most of my friends learned and perfected their technique using it. Thanks to this bow my progression was not only very fast but I also enjoyed each shot with Stinger.