Traditional archery has started to become more and more popular over the years. While some people who switch from the compound bow into the more traditional longbow or recurve bow find it a bit challenging, they also consider the traditional way more rewarding. Now, you might be more interested in switching but remember that there are still some things to know. But, don’t worry because we got you covered here. Read on to know more:
When switching to the traditional archery, there’s a bit more parts to know aside from the bow and arrows. The three essential pieces you should know is the finger tab, the bow stringer, and the arm guard. The arm guard is important and used to protect your forearm while shooting the string. Beginners usually graze their arms through the string as they shoot. The guard is also effective in keeping the sleeves and other loose cloth or material away as you shoot. When you draw back your arrow, the arm also protects the bow. This is usually made from leather to make sure it’s safe enough to protect them from blistering or cracking. There are 2 types of tab, a glove and a finger tab, a finger tab is a flat piece usually made from leather and it is attached to the middle finger mst of the time, most people feel uncomfortable with this so they use the gloves. A bow stringer is another important piece, when you unstring your piece, it’s very important to not forget to use a bow stringer.
Your shooting form can be different depending on your comfortability and needs. But, no matter what your form is, it’s important to line them up the same way. It typically should be faced away from the bow with the fletching. When you practice this, you would eventually notice anything odd on your arrows. Also, when you knock your arrows, make sure that you load it below the point of knocking. You would usually find the small metal beadon the string and the arrows should be clipped there, this is so that the arrows don’t go up and bounce. Choosing an anchor point is also very important since there wouldn’t be that much buttons to choose from. Whenever you shoot without a hunt, you should hold your bow at a cant. This allows you to see past your bow and into your target.
When we compare a traditional bow from a compound bow it’s given that a traditional bow is a bit slower in FPS. But even if it’s less, the shooting form should not be any different. You should be shooting with the same anchor point, but if you would be shooting downhill you have to bend your hips so that you could angle your hips better. Keep in mind that whenever you have to adjust in order to compensate for the angles, you should never move your shoulders or arms, it should always be the same. The only time you should consider changing your hips position is when you would be shooting downward or as necessary like when you would be kneeling. Given that the FPS of a traditional bow is lesser, you should remember that your prey needs to be closer compared to when you use a compound bow. You should consider an optimal range of at least 20 yards closer. Switching to a traditional bow could make hunting way more thrilling because of the extra challenge. Traditional bows go back to the roots of hunting and it makes the playing field more level.
Using a traditional bow doesn’t make it better than using a compound bow, and vice versa. There’s nothing really to compare because they are different. Compound bows come with extra features, and there isn’t anything wrong with that. Traditional bows, as the word traditional suggests goes for a more instinctively shot. Compound bows would also require minimal effort to keep your shot at full draw once it’s drawn while a traditional bow would be needing the same pressure on the string as you draw it back to keep a full draw as you shoot, some people prefer that because of its challenge and complications.
There are a lot of differences when it comes to traditional bows and compound bows, but the other wouldn’t be better than the other. Compound bows come with different features that would make targeting, shooting, and other tasks a bit more easier compared to when you use a traditional bow. Traditional bows are more of the traditional way, you would need to calculate on your own, you would need to draw back the string the way you would want to keep the full draw as you shoot. Now, it all depends on what the hunter is after and what type of experience they want to have. But if you are searching to switch into the traditional bows, we hope you enjoyed this read!
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