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What does over bowed mean in archery?

We often forget how much terminology we use in archery and how daunting it can be as a beginner so we thought we’d tackle a few of the big questions here on the blog starting with: What does it mean when my archery instructor says that someone is ‘over bowed’? Obviously, it doesn’t mean that ... Read More

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Buying your first bow: part 2

You’ve decided to take the plunge and get your first bow. Well done! But what do you need to buy? If you’re buying a traditional style bow, this is an easy question. Traditional bows are basically sticks with a piece of string attached, so really that’s where most of your money will go; anything left ... Read More

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Buying your first bow: part 1

The 2 most likely questions for a budding archer to ask immediately after their first lesson are: “How much does a bow cost?” and “Where can I buy one?”. I generally recommend that any aspiring archer holds off buying a bow until they’ve been shooting regularly at a club for a while (6 months or ... Read More

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Two Tribes

traditional or freestyle bows

When you feel that the time has come to buy your own bow, you have a decision to make that goes beyond your income and the distance to the nearest archery shop: traditional or modern? 2020 Archery teaches using a modern style – recurve training bows – and you can stick with the club bows ... Read More

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How to increase bow poundage

It’s incredibly common in archery to struggle with the weight of your bow. It’s common for novices trying to get into the sport, it’s common for novices transitioning from beginners course to buying their own equipment and it’s common for more experienced archers who have bought their own equipment and find that – after the ... Read More

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Why do some archers shoot with a tab not a glove?

Your hands are one of the most important elements in archery. They are the crucial connection between archer and bow. Correct hand positioning can be the difference between hitting the golden ten… or the neighbouring target. Your hands and fingers as an archer are arguably your most important asset (and indeed in life!). It is ... Read More

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If you want to be a record breaker …

On 5 September 2015, Hamish Murray of Swindon, UK, shot 10 arrows into a 40 cm target, from an 18m distance, in just 1 minute and 0.5 second. With a 62 lb longbow. And he was just 17 at the time. If your reaction to that is less “Ooof” and more “Guard my beverage”, then there’s ... Read More

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Should I buy second hand archery gear?

As we’re coming up to Christmas it seemed like a good time to tackle this question which we often get asked at the club. Is it ever a good idea to buy second hand archery gear? Well, I think the short answer is, “Yes! Sometimes it can be a good idea… but sometimes it can be ... Read More

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