Back when guns were not yet invented, our ancestors used bows and arrows to survive. Now, archery is still being practiced but only as a sport or for hunting animals. Archery is a dream sport among many since it is rare and can only be seen being used in movies. Nowadays, there are a lot of bows to choose from but the compound bow is the most popular one. 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. It is a good choice especially for a first-time wielder of a bow since it is more energy-efficient and less energy is dissipated in the limb movement. Before heading out to an archery store and buying yourself your first compound bow you must consider some factors.
To start off, you must determine the draw length. To help you determine the draw length, stand straight and extend your arms to your sides to form 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.
Now you identify the draw weight for the bow. Draw weight is how heavy or how much you are able to draw and pull back the bow. It is recommended for female beginners to start with 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 more bow-shooting muscles you can have.
Determine the bow’s axle to axle length. It is the measurement of the wheel like devices attached to the limb tips of the bow.
Extend out your arm and form a triangular shape with your forefinger and thumb to determine the dominant eye or the ocular dominance. Close one eye and focus on something like a doorknob in the center of the triangle. You may have noticed that your dominant eye sees the doorknob in the center while the other sees it differently. This is because your brain prefers visual input from one eye than the other. The dominant eye is mostly the same side of your writing hand, however, this is not true in some cases.
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. In order to avoid any health complications which may arise from weilding a bad bow, be thorough on your search for a good compound bow.