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Do you want to learn how to shoot a bow, but aren’t really sure where to start? If so, this is the archery 101 article you need. We

will cover archery basics for beginners and help you get started right.

The popularity of archery has increased drastically over the last decade, and many people find themselves interested in archery

and wonder where they need to start.  Once you start researching archery, it can seem a little daunting because there are different types of archery you can participate in.

It also has a learning curve because it requires specific equipment and there many different choices.  Simple archery is a website dedicated to helping you understand archery basics for beginners. Here are few areas in archery that you should learn about.

Archery Basics for Beginners

To get started in archery, there are a few simple things you need to decide

  1. The type of bow you want to shoot
  2. The type of archery you want to participate in
    • Target Archery
    • Bowhunting

Don’t stress if you don’t know what type of bow you want or what type of archery you what to participate in.  Read on and you can learn more about what’s involved with each type.

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Types Of Archery

If you are interested in archery, the first think you need to know is, what type of archery you want to try.

The Two Major Types of Archery are:

  • Target Archery
  • Bowhunting

One of the reasons archery is popular is that there are different types of archery that you can participate in. For thousands of years the bow was used primarily as a weapon for hunting and war but King Henry the VIII expanded the use of bows with the introduction of target shooting.  Archery has come along way since the 16th century, and today it is one of the most watched Olympic sports.

There are different types of archery and the first step is to think about what kind of archery you would like to participate in. Target shooting for fun? Competitive target shooting? Are you interested in bowhunting? Answering these questions will get you started.bowhunting

You might be unsure if you will like archery at all. Perhaps you just want to shoot a bow to see if you like it. Many people start off that way and end up enjoying archery for the rest of their lives.  Even if you just want to try archery for fun, it’s important that you learn archery basics for beginners.

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In archery finding the right equipment is vitally important.  It is not just a matter of choosing a bow you like or one that you think looks cool. First, you need to decide which type of bow you want to shoot. For a beginner, you should choose between a recurve bow and a compound bow.  You can read this article for an in-depth comparison of the two.

There are good entry level bows of both types for beginners, but generally speaking, a compound bow will cost more.  Before selecting a recurve though, you should also know that a recurve will take more practice.  The design of a compound bow makes it easier to shoot and it does not require as much practice to become proficient. However, many
archery coaches suggest starting with a recurve bow because it will help you learn the natural form of shooting a bow.  Reading more about both types of bows will help you to decide which one is right for you.

It’s important to know that bows are not “one size fits all.” You will need a bow that fits your body type. Compound bows require more specific adjustments than recurves, but both have different categories to choose from based on your build. With a compound bow, once you select one that is in your range, it will still have to be adjusted for your draw length and draw weight.  This is a step you can’t skip. Getting the correct bow and having it set up for you is crucial for helping you
enjoy archery.

It’s better not to order a bow online before you know what you need. If you are just getting into archery, it would be very beneficial to visit your local archery pro shop. They can help you in choosing the right bow and set it up for you.  Even if you are planning to go to an archery shop, it will still be helpful for you to learn a few things about the basics.


There are many types of arrows to choose from and for the beginner, this can be another confusing area.  The long body of an arrow is called the shaft. Shafts have been made from many different materials over the years but today they are primarily made from wood, carbon, fiberglass, aluminum, or some combination of those materials which is known as a
composite arrow.  Here is an article that goes in-depth about arrows.

Arrows can be fully customizable and after choosing the shaft, you can pick out fletching, nocks, and points. Field tip points are used for practice shooting and come in a variety of sizes and grains, or weights. There are also endless choices for fletchings, which can be natural feathers or synthetic soft plastic.

You can spend the time getting custom arrows, but for the beginner, it’s best to buy finished arrows. This means that they come with the fletching and knock already installed.  I would also recommend buying a set which is important to maintain consistency when you are practicing and will help with accuracy.

Pro Shops

If all of this is making you second guess your interest in archery, don’t let it scare you.  If you have an archery store nearby, this should be your first stop. They will likely have some very knowledgeable people who can get you started. A qualified archery store will get your measurements and figure out your draw length.

This should be done before you start browsing the bows. They may also have an archery range and let you test out the bow once you are measured. On the range, they can give you instruction on things like stance, form, and draw.

As you begin your journey in archery, know that it is a learning process. At first, archery can seem quite complicated, but it will get easier.  With all of the archery equipment we are going over, it’s important to remember that when you are starting out, you don’t have to break the bank.

There is a lot of affordable archery equipment made specifically for beginners. This equipment may not last a lifetime, but if you’ve never shot a bow before and don’t even know if you will like archery, it’s a good place to start.  It’s also important to remember that expensive equipment will not make you a good archer; that takes practice!