In the past couple of years, archery has become popular in the field of competitive sports. Some even indulge in archery as a form of relaxation. Initially started as a hunting tool which then became a weapon of war, archery now is a sport of accuracy and precision, often included in major sports event.

From the outside perspective, archery seems quite simple. You pull an arrow from a bow and release it to hit a mark. However, archery is not as simple as it seems. For most, this is considered a life-long sport which takes countless hours of training and a whole lot of patience to be proficient at.

This may sound overwhelming for beginners, especially those just considering taking up archery as a sport. To help, we’ve listed down a few pointers for anyone to get started with archery.

Start with a compound bow

Most professional archery competition only allow recurve bows to be used as it heavily relies on the archer’s skill to pull off an amazing performance. For beginners, it’s best to start with archery using a compound bow. Compound bows, unlike recurve ones, require less power during draw giving more time and focus for aiming and stabilization. Couple it with accessories such as a reticle bow sight makes a compound bow a friendly starting equipment for beginner archers.

Get a professional trainer or enroll in an archery school

Despite the abundance of tutorial videos and lessons in the internet on the basics of archery, nothing beats lessons and training under the supervision of an experienced or professional trainer. Having someone knowledgeable in archery demonstrate the correct bow grip or stance is significantly more effective than just reading or watching a video about it. Also getting feedbacks on your performance and progress from an expert works wonders in improving your archery performance.


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Dawn Malicdem is a graduate of AB Communication Arts in De La Salle University. She is a media enthusiast, journalist and a photographer. She also plays golf during her free time.