Starting a new hobby is always exciting. It can be anything you want – from any type of physical activity to some creative work such as writing or painting. Archery is not as popular as football or playing the piano which is why we will dedicate this article to it.
Learning archery is extremely fun, but it can be a bit challenging especially if you have never tried anything like it before. But don’t be alarmed. It is not something that is difficult to master which makes it suitable for all ages. We are going to tell you about some basic pieces of equipment you need to start with this hobby, but if you want to read more articles about it and find some additional tips visit itishooting.com.
Obviously, the very first thing that you need is a bow. There are many types of archery shooting meaning that there are different kinds of bows, but you should go with the ‘Recurve Bow’. Due to its simple design and comfortable grip, this one should be your choice if you are just starting to learn the art of archery. As you progress and improve your skills, you can switch to other bows that will further challenge you and help you develop your abilities.
In addition, you will need a bow stringer. This piece of equipment is important because it is the only way to ensure your safety when stinging a bow. It uses your body weight to bend the bow to a certain degree so that you can string the bow without any trouble. You shouldn’t do this on your own for the first time, but instead, ask a professional for help in order not to hurt yourself.
Furthermore, once you have found the best bow for you, you need some arrows. Again, they come in different types and are made of diverse materials such as wood, aluminum, carbon, and an aluminum/carbon combination. Our advice is to purchase these at the same time when you buy a bow. Since there are many different kinds, the seller will recommend the best one for you, based on the type of bow you have chosen, its length and your physical strength. It is of utmost importance that the arrow is the right size, because, otherwise it could not only slip off and damage the bow but also hurt you.
The third thing you need is a target. You have to point your arrows at something, right? When it comes to its appearance it can be whatever you want. However, there are three main parts of it – a boss (which is usually made of rubber and its purpose is to stop the arrow), a target face (you can get a bit creative here), and a stand (it has to ensure that the target stays in place).
Lastly, we have to mention some protective gear. When practicing, you should use leather gloves or finger tabs in order to protect your fingers from painful blisters. What’s more, you should also get an arm guard. Depending on your preference you can choose to cover only your forearm or even the entire arm. From time to time, the string can slap you, which is something that you probably want to avoid. Also, you should also invest in a chest guard that will protect your upper body area.
All in all, this is some elementary gear that you will need if you are thinking about learning this skill. Clearly, as your technique improves you will have to invest in some new equipment.