I am going to start off by saying buy the best equipment you can afford. Let me repeat, buy the best equipment you can afford!!
Now with that being said, looking for a new bow setup can become overwhelming. There are several great companies that offer great bows for every price range. Where do you begin? First off I would set a budget, not just for the bow, but for all your accessories you’ll need with it. There are bows that come as a package deal, meaning the bow, sight, rest, quiver, and stabilizer. These are your $400-$600 bows.
Generally anything more expensive than this you are paying for just the bow. If you want a top of the line bow, plan on paying $900-$1400 for the bow only.
What do you look for in a bow? First thing you have to understand is that archery is totally personal. You have to be comfortable with your equipment. What is comfortable to me may not be to you and visa-versa. These are just some general guidelines to get started. I prefer a generous brace height. Brace height is the measurement from the throat of the grip to the string. A shorter brace height will produce faster speed but for a beginner can be a little bit harder to shoot. It will catch your mistakes more so than a longer brace height. A bow with a longer brace height won’t be as fast but will be a lot more forgiving to shoot.
Axle to axle length is another thing to consider. A longer axle to axle bow is going to be more stable. The average bow today is between 30 and 35 inches.
What poundage can you comfortably pull? The majority of bows will come with 10 pounds of weight adjustment. A few bows this year are made with a ton of adjustment on the length and poundage. Some have the ability to go from 10-70 pounds and 13-30 inch draw length! That is incredible! Bows such as these will last you or your growing archer a long time.
Now let’s talk about arrows for a second. Just as diverse as bows are the arrows you can shoot out them. There are 3 main catagories when looking for arrows.
- Light weight arrows designed for speed.
- Mid weight arrows that will give you great speed and penetration.
- Heavy weight arrows for maximum penetration
With my personal set up I shoot the heaviest arrow I can. I have a longer draw length so can get away with shooting a heavy arrow and still get great speed, resulting in a quieter bow and awesome penetration on any big game animal I launch an arrow at. Arrows will cost $30-$90 for half a dozen.
Please realize I have only scratched the surface. If you have any questions on your current set up or want opinions on upgrades please feel free to contact me anytime.
Stop by your local pro shop to have them get you started. Shoot as many bows as you can to find the one that fits and feels the best to you. As I stated before, buy the best equipment you can afford!!