There are many different types of bows available. All of them are designed to serve a specific purpose for the person using it. For whatever purpose or whichever type of bow, it is important to know the following before you buy your own bow:
- The DRAW LENGTH is the distance between the string at rest to full draw.
- DRAW WEIGHT is the strength an archer needs to pull the string.
- HAND AND EYE DOMINANCE refers to which side of the bow an archer shoots the arrow from.
GLOVE / FINGER TABS
Finger tabs prevent blisters on your fingers to keep you shooting. It protects your fingers from scrapping the string as you draw too. Tabs with spacers between the index finger and the middle finger keep you from pinching (which really hurts)!.
ARROW SHAFT is typically tailored for your bow. Simply add 1 to 2 inches to your bow’s draw length to know the length of arrows to use for your bow.
ARROW TIPS are categorized as field points and broadheads. Field points are for target shooting and broadheads are for hunting.
Nocking points are important, especially for beginners. It serves as a marker on the string for a constant spot to where you nock your arrow at every shot. This is important for consistency and helps prevent the arrow’s etching and vanes from nicking your riser.
You need something to shoot at! Do not just put a paper target upon a tree! Arrow heads are expensive and you lose one every time you shoot an arrow into a tree. Having stacks of hay or foam blocks behind a paper target can also work as long as it prevents your arrows from going through. Block targets, bag targets and 3D targets for hunting are also available to practice shooting at vital points on animals and keep you from losing more arrow heads.
OPTIONAL ARCHERY GEARS
Bow sights can be handy when shooting at longer distances. It helps to make the shots more consistent when you need to compensate for arrow drops at great distances but can also be distracting for some archers.
Most risers do not come with an arrow rest but have a plunger hole instead. An arrow rest holds the riser side of the arrow in place instead of your finger. It can be a fixed rest or a drop-away rest that instantly drops away as soon as the arrow is released.
A quiver holds the rest of your arrows before you shoot them instead of sticking them into the ground.
Arm guards are a precaution to protect your bow arm from coming in contact from the string as you draw and release.