Getting into Archery can be very exciting! And although you may have had some training, you are probably overwhelmed with the choices you have for your first bow and arrow set.
While you probably want the best thing on the market with all the gadgets and flair, we recommend starting with something that doesn’t have too much involved. The last thing you want is to have to remove and replace parts, and get used to too many different parts at once when you are just starting out.
Before you go picking out your first set, take a look at our tips and tricks for deciding on what considerations you should make. This will help you pick out a bow that is just the right fit for you.
Let’s decide what is right for you:
The first thing you need to know is whether you would like a recurve bow or a compound bow. This will probably depend which one you preferred when you were training. If you haven’t used either and are coming in blindly to archery, we suggest going to an Archery shop to try holding and drawing back the two different types. Some shops even give lessons, so you could always take a lesson on both before committing to a purchase.
The next thing to keep in mind is the cost. Of course, you probably went online and checked the price of bows and picked out one you really want to try, but you also need to consider the extra pieces of equipment you will need to complete your set. Some standard things you will need are a Sight, an Arrow Rest, and a Stabilizer.
Sight: Used for aiming.
Arrow Rest: Used to stabilize the arrow.
Stabilizer: Used to help balance the weight of the bow.
Prepare to have your draw measured. Measuring the length of your draw is critical to choosing a bow. Many bows are made for few specific draw lengths and unless you are very tall or very small, your draw length should be pretty standard. You should have no trouble finding the bow you want in your length. If you are left-handed, this will definitely narrow your choices. But don’t worry! We’ve added several to this list for left-handed shooters that would be a great choice for your first bow.
Some tips on equipment choices from us are:
1. Don’t get a bow with a cheaply made Riser. The Riser is the most important part of the bow, so you want it to be strong and durable. Going with a low-quality Riser can result in it twisting, and then you will have a whole set of problems
2. Get a bow with tied knocking points instead of brass. Going with tied knocking points can assure you a longer life for your strings.
Something to keep in mind when you first get your bow is: It is going to take time until you get used to it. Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t comfortable with your bow right off the bat. This is going to be a new feeling and something that you will have to learn. Your first bow often teaches you what you like and what you don’t like about the specifics of the bow. As you get more experience, you can upgrade certain parts or start looking for a bow that has exactly what you are looking for.
Now that you have an idea of what the decision process is like, take a look at some of the best beginner bows on the market:
Beginner Recurve Bow’s:
Samick Sage Recurve Bow (view on Amazon)
With a Riser made from Olive Dymondwood and Hard Maple, this long lasting and strong riser will not disappoint you. The simplicity of it is what makes it so durable, and it looks awesome too! This bow is simply beautiful, and this riser is drilled for the easy attachment of your extras. There are no extra “bells and whistles” on this bow, so you won’t have to worry about getting used to a bunch of little things, and you won’t have to worry about anything needing replacements.
The next thing we love about the Samick is the strong limbs. They are made of the usual maple, and coated in a layer of fiberglass. This is what makes them so strong! Also, the tips are made out of Phenolic Plastic, which means they are adaptable to FlashFlight Strings. The limbs also detach for storage purposes, which is helpful when taking your bow places.
- 62-inch length
- 30-55- pound draw weight
- 29-inch max draw length
- 7.4-inch brace height
Southwest Archery Spyder Takedown Recurve Bow (view on Amazon)
The Spyder Takedown is the most popular model in the Southwest Archery lineup, and rightfully so! This is a great beginner recurve bow. If you are unsure of your draw weight, this bow offers a great range ability. It also has pre-installed bushings so that you can easily add accessories to it as you become more comfortable.
The Spyder was designed by the engineers of the Samick Sage, so you are getting the same great quality wood in White Oak, Dymondwood, and Padouk. It also features the same Fiberglass coated- Maple limbs with the reinforced tips. If you have those FlashFlight strings, you can use them.
Another great thing about this bow is that it comes in a left-handed model and an extra large model. This makes it the perfect choice for archers over 6-foot tall.
- 20-60- pound draw weights
- 62- inch length
- 28- inch draw length
- Left hand capability
- XL option
SAS Explorer Metal Riser Takedown Recurve Bow (view on Amazon)
This bow was made for our taller folks, so if you fall into that category, you are looking in the right place. SAS made a bow just for you!
This bow is an incredible 66 inches long. With an aluminum riser, this bow is light and comfortable and comes in two different colors to suit to your liking.
The Explorer features the sought-after Maple limbs with fiberglass coating for extra strength.
SAS recommends this bow for archers who are over 6 feet tall.
- Right hand only
- 66- inches long
- 22-34- pound draw weights
- 2.4- pound total weight
- 28-inch draw length
BEST BEGINNER RECURVE BOWS FOR KIDS
PSE Razorback Recurve (view on Amazon)
We found this bow particularly nice for beginners because it comes in three different age group options. Often times you buy a bow for a new younger archer, and when they go to size up they cannot get the same bow they are used to. This can make progressing hard. But with the Razorback, you can get the same bow in three different sizes. They have the Lil’ Razorback for ages 6-11, the Razorback Junior for ages 12-14, and the Razorback for ages 15-17.
The other good part about this recurve is that it has a no tool disassembly, so it will be easy for your young archer to disassemble by themselves.
PSE made this bow in left hand capabilities as well, and accessories to match.
SPECS FOR RAZORBACK
- 62- inch length
- 28- inch draw length
SAS Spirit Junior Recurve Bow (view on Amazon)
The SAS Spirit Junior was made for smaller, younger archers. Made from some of the most durable trees in Africa, this bow will not disappoint with its durability. With a beautiful wood riser made of Chuglam, Gmelina Arborea, and Beech, so you wont find another of it’s kind anywhere on the market.
This bow has the sought-after European fiberglass-coated maple limbs, so you know you are getting the best of the best.
- 54-inches long
- Up to 5’4” archer height
- 12-22- pound draw weight
- Right and left hand options
BEST BEGINNER COMPOUND BOWS
Leader Accessories Compound Bow (view on Amazon)
This bow is a great beginner compound bow. It is simple as a compound bow can get, yet still gives you a great quality. This is a great learner bow for getting to know how to adjust your draw weight using an Allen key turn.
This compound bow comes in a variety of options in terms of draw weight and draw length. We recommend heading to a dealer to pick which one suits you better before purchasing. If you know your draw weight and length already, you can choose 1 of the three different weight categories online to purchase.
- 25-70, 30-55, and 50-70- pound draw weights
- 19-31, 19-29, and 25-31- inch draw lengths
- 296 feet-per-second
- 30- inch length
- 4.4- pound total weight
- All Weather Strings
- Right handed only
Quest Radical Centec NXT Compound Bow (view on Questbowhunting)
The Quest Radical Compound bow is a great introduction to a higher tech compound bow. This bow has a lightweight design and includes all the great qualities of a real hunting bow. The Centec NXT has an easy to adjust cam, which makes it perfect for future hunters to learn on.
Quest markets this bow as the first and last you will ever buy, because not only is it easy to use and learn on, it is fast and durable, so you wont ever feel the need to upgrade!
The split limbs on this bow help reduce the cam lean and aid in vibration reduction. You also get over a dozen cut-outs to reduce the winds effect when you are at full draw.
With the wide range of draw weights and draw lengths, you are sure to find comfort when you purchase this bow
- 29-inch length
- 7.125-inch brace height
- 17.5-30- inch draw length
- 15-70- pound draw weight
- 295 feet-per-second
- 3.25 pounds
BEST BEGINNER YOUTH COMPOUND BOWS
Genesis Original Compound Bow Mini (view on Amazon)
The Genesis Mini was built with the smaller archer in mind, and coming in at a whopping 2 pounds, your little one will be sure to love it.
This bow comes in 9 cool colors that your child will love.
The Genesis Mini also has a zero let-off feature, which will help pull the string from the fingers when your child releases, which will make it easier for them to shoot. This will be a great assist when teaching your child how to focus on their aim first.
- 29.5- inch length
- 6- inch brace height
- 6-12- pound draw weight
- 14-25- inch draw length
- 2- pound weight
Now that you have a good idea of what to look for in a bow, how to know what bow to get, what qualities to look for, and have a few great options to begin with, you should be all set to start your new Archery Adventure.
Good luck with your learning, and remember: Archery takes time and practice. You will get used to your new bow, and if you don’t, you will learn what you liked and disliked about it and use that information to fine tune your research for your next bow.
Good luck and have fun!