Over the years I have been asked dozens of questions about traditional archery. Whats better a recurve or longbow? Which arrow is best wood, aluminum, or carbon? How should I shoot instinctive, sights, gap, point of aim? How do I tune my stick bow? These are all very important questions and I will go over a few of the basics to make your time in traditional archery as beneficial as possible. 1) Before deciding on a recurve or longbow get out and shoot as many bows as possible. Find friends who have stickbows and determine what style feels right to you. If you are coming from a background in compound shooting a recurve is often the easiest to swap to due to the handle design. It would be a great idea to borrow a bow or two and put considerable amounts of arrows through them before you ever lay down the cash for a bow of your own. Why buy a bow you may want to get rid of 2) DONT OVERBOW! When switching from a compound to a stickbow it is good to drop 20 pounds of draw weight to get you in the ballpark. The worst thing you can do is try to learn to shoot a bow that is too heavy for you. You can always get a heavier bow or set of limbs once you are shooting good and know what proper form is. 3) Find a mentor. When first starting out nothing will help you more than finding an experienced shooter to shoot with. They can help you find a form and shooting sequence that works for you. They can point out many flaws or good traits in your shooting. Someone with experience can help you avoid a long road of shooting issues. 4)Shoot for form. It is a great idea to spend time in the beginning and periodically throughout your shooting just working on form. Get close to a target and shoot with your eyes closed concentrating on only form. This will help build proper muscle memory for future shooting. 5) Have fun. Traditional archery is all about fun. Get out and shoot stumps, leaves, cow poop etc. Walking and shooting is the best way to train your body and mind to judge various distances through different terrains. Practice your form as you go and don't worry too much about hits and misses. As you go you will get better and better. Well these are just a few basic rules to get you on the right path to traditional shooting. Oh yeah and DONT OVERBOW!