Why Using a Compound Bow can Make You a Better Archer

One of the nice things about Amsterdam is that there are four high quality Archery ranges within easy travel distance. The most easily accessed is called Concordia. Located in central Amsterdam, Concordia has everything from beginner classes to advanced competitions of all forms, with all manner of bows.

Anybody with skill will tell you that there is only one way to get better at anything. Practice, practice, practice. That’s how it is with music, that’s how it is with horse-back riding, and that is most certainly how it is with Archery.

There are numerous arguments from all sides as enthusiasts discuss the best bows, techniques and approaches. The beginner wonders why, since archery seems fairly straightforward. Pull back the string, sight in, loose the arrow towards the target. It isn’t that simple at all. And because there is so much more to go into it, the best recommendation for the beginning archer is a compound bow.

The primary reason for using a compound bow is that you have a lighter weight draw, the resistance encountered when you pull back the string. Sure, at first, it seems harder than with a traditional recurve. But unlike a recurve bow, the resistance on the string lessens as you pull farther back on a compound. Subsequently it takes less overall energy and strain to achieve a full draw. But, with the right compound bow, you will get the same overall throwing distance on your arrow, as opposed to a recurve bow with a lighter draw. So you can practice for the same distance.

The next reason is also due to the lighter draw strength and lack of strain. There are so many things that go into being a good archer. Breath control is incredibly important. Proper stance is just as important. At full extension the strain on your arm and fingers is substantially less with a compound bow, giving you a chance to work on these before loosing your shaft at the target. With the string at full draw, you can still take a moment to check your stance, control your breathing and relax into the shot without fearing that your arm or fingers will give out and screw up your shot, which is incredibly frustrating, especially when you have just gotten your stance, breathing and concentration in order.

The third reason falls directly from the first. With the lighter draw weight, your arm tires less easily, so you can fire more arrows before your arm tires. This is where the “practice, practice, practice” part of the sport comes in. Because of the lighter draw, because of the lack of strain, you can draw and loose more arrows more easily in a shorter amount of time. And anybody that does any kind of sport, from shooting to archery to free throws on the basketball court will tell you, muscle memory counts for a great deal, so the more you fire, the better you will get.

Shopping for your compound bow should be done meticulously in order for you to learn easily and more efficiently. You can learn more about different compound bow from this site.