Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to get back out there in the great outdoors with your adventure gear and feed your adrenaline. For those who are looking for something new to try this season, archery might be right up your alley.
Archery is a physically demanding sport that’s open to all ages (except maybe infants). In fact, the stress of firing a bow provides proper muscle development in almost all of your muscle groups. Now that’s an intense workout!
But before you go picking up a bow and arrow assuming that’s all the archery gear you need for the sport, take the time to look into the following archery equipment for beginners to get your arrow pointed in the right direction.
- Quivers. Every archer needs a quiver. While you may have kept your arrows on the gymnasium floor back in elementary school, your quiver is what holds your arrows securely as you move through the woods or on the field. Quivers can either be worn on the back or at the hip for easy access.
- Sights. Sights are great for beginners who might not be able to aim as well as the professionals yet. These aiming devices mount to your bow and let you spot your target for a better hit.
- Gloves. Archers typically use gloves, finger tabs, or releases. These help to protect your fingers from the string on the bow when you shoot. Ask your local archery shop about which type of archery gear works best for your archery style and bow.
- Bows. You can’t really be an archer unless you’re using a bow. Bows come in a variety of styles that can be used in different ways. The recurve and compound bow are two of the most common in archery.
- Arrows. When it comes to arrows, you want to know your draw weight and draw length to be sure you’re buying the right kind of shaft. Talk to your local archery shop for a better idea of the right match.
- Arm guards. Arm guards are important to help keep your forearm from bruising as you shoot your bow. When you release the bowstring, the string can snap forward and whack your skin in a painful way unless you have an arm guard keep you safe.
Archery is a great sport that improves focus, patience, self-confidence, and social skills. What’s more, you don’t need to put your bow away once the warm weather disappears again; archery can be enjoyed year round.