In the olden times, snipers were skilled archers who could kill an enemy even from afar. Now, archery is still being practiced but only as a sport or for hunting animals. Most of us have wanted to try archery after seeing it in historical movies. But among all the different types of bows out there, the most popular one would be the compound bow. Cables and pulleys are what bend the limbs of these compound bows. When compared with other bows, the limbs of the compound bows are much stiffer. Less energy is dissipated in the limb movement that is why it is a good option for beginners. But before purchasing your first compound bow, you must consider some factors.
To begin, identify the draw length. To do this you stand up straight and extend your arms on your sides forming a “T”. Ask someone to measure the tip of your right middle finger up to your left middle finger. Then divide it 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.
Now you identify the draw weight for the bow. The draw weight is the pounds 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. Men are recommended with weights ranging from 28 to 32 lb. The more you practice shooting the heavier the weight of the bow you are able to draw.
Identify the axle to axle length of the bow. It is the measurement of length between the bow’s cams which help power the bow.
In determining the dominant eye, also called “ocular dominance”, extend out your arm and form a triangle using your thumb and forefinger. Close one eye and focus on something like a doorknob in the center of the triangle. Your dominant eye is the one where you see the doorknob in the center of the triangle, the other eye would see it jumping to another side. This is because your brain prefers visual input from one eye than the other. 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. You can also seek for archery stores in the internet for a wide variety of choices.
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.