The High Weald WRS 1440

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 11:26

On Sunday 22nd September, three Worthing archers and one Associate member set off in the pre-dawn darkness, heading for the far rural outskirts of the county, to take part in The High Weald 1440 WRS shoot. The forecast was for heavy rain and thunder storms, and the early heavy rain showers threatened to be prolonged, but that did not deter Dan Mitchell, Trevor Little, Nicky McDowell and Petra Ginman as they settled into 3 dozen rounds at each of the 4 distances (90m,70m 50m and 30m for gents and 70m,60m,50m and 30m for the ladies)

The early rain was challenging but the team persevered. Waterproof clothing went on, came off, went on and came off again as they wavered between staying dry and not being hampered by jackets. Trevor Little's bow took exception to the wet weather and blew up in his hand, shattering his arrow into three pieces. In true Champion-style, Trevor scooted inside, put his bow in the press, restrung it and returned to the shooting line. shaken but not stirred. At the half way mark Dan Mitchell, Trevor Little and Petra Ginman were leading their respective categories and Nicky McDowell was in 3rd Place. The rain abated and there was a short glimpse of sun. It was then time for the shorter distances on the smaller faces. Dan and Petra continued to lead the way, Trevor struggled on valiantly, and Nicky started to gain ground on her opponents.

It certainly wasnt a day for World Records, but all of our archers came away with a medal and a claim for a Fita Star badge.

Final Results:

Dan Mitchell 1st Gents Recurve
Petra Ginman 1st Ladies Recurve
Trevor Little 2nd Gents Compound, a very poorly bow and a dead arrow (but still smiling!)
Nicky McDowell 2nd Ladies Recurve

Full results and some very good Photographs from the day can be found at www.thwac.co.uk

Published in Tournament News

The Road to Tokyo 2020

Monday, 29 July 2019 09:17

It is with a keen eye, that members of the club have been following the progress of the GB Archery team in their recent efforts on the International Archery circuit.

Our very own club member, Bryony Pitman has been competing as part of the GB Ladies Recurve Team, who have recently scooped a Bronze medal at the World Championships in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands and a Gold medal at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Their success has also earnt the team quota places at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Huge congratulations to Bryony and her team mates on their fantastic achievements and we wish them every success for the future.

Published in Club News

Classification Tables - Recurve

Monday, 06 November 2017 12:08

Whenever you shoot a round that is shot according to the Rules of Shooting you should submit your scoresheet to the records officer who will then, using the Archery GB Handicap Tables, work out the handicap value for that round and score. Once you have submitted 3 scores your handicap is worked out as an average of those handicap values. At the same time the Record Officer will also be able to work out your classification. The grades of classification from low to high are:

Unclassified, 3rd Class, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Bowman, Master Bowman, Grand Master Bowman (for Juniors the highest classification is Junior Master Bowman instead of Grand Master Bowman)

From the dropdown lists below you will be able to see the scores that are required to achieve each classification in each round. In order to achieve a classification you must obtain the required score on three separate occassions within the same year.

Handicaps and classifications stand for the next twelve months, unless you are able to improve during the following years season. If at the end of the following year the best scores are less than they were in the previous year, the Handicap and Classification is adjusted downwards when the final values are calculated.


Please Note: These tables are presented for information purposes only. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the data here is both accurate and up to date you should always check the latest official tables on the Archery GB website in the Shooting Administration Procedures manual.

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st BM MB GMB
York 142 308 511 786 977 1080
Hereford / Bristol I 280 508 723 952 1091 1165
Bristol II 473 725 911 - - -
Bristol III 663 884 - - - -
Bristol IV 869 - - - - -
Bristol V - - - - - -
St. George 142 286 442 635 - -
Albion 257 435 590 746 - -
Windsor 402 584 713 - - -
Short Windsor 550 701 - - - -
Junior Windsor 702 - - - - -
Short Junior Windsor - - - - - -
New Western 72 175 313 504 - -
Long Western 168 321 468 626 - -
Western 292 466 595 - - -
Short Western 418 573 - - - -
Junior Western 559 - - - - -
Short Junior Western - - - - - -
American 335 487 594 - - -
St. Nicholas 480 - - - - -
New National 47 118 217 362 - -
Long National 109 218 330 455 - -
National 205 336 436 - - -
Short National 296 417 - - - -
Junior National 401 - - - - -
Short Junior National - - - - - -
New Warwick 36 88 - - - -
Long Warwick 85 160 - - - -
Warwick 146 233 - - - -
Short Warwick 209 287 - - - -
Junior Warwick 279 - - - - -
Short Junior Warwick - - - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stBMMBGMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 305 509 716 959 1118 1203
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 364 602 817 1037 1169 1242
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 480 738 935
Metric III 721 942
Metric IV 984
Metric V
WA 900 316 481 603
WA 70m 98 214 340 477
WA 60m 156 293 413
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 129 240
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 69 161 275 424
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 127 254 377 501
Long Metric II 200 339 449
Long Metric III 301 431
Long Metric IV 418
Long Metric V
Short Metric 237 348
Short Metric II 280
Short Metric III
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 361 472

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 78 158 308 574 786
Hereford / Bristol I 173 306 508 780 952
Bristol II 325 505 725 925 1078
Bristol III 508 693 884 - -
Bristol IV 737 893 - - -
Bristol V 976 - - - -
St. George 82 157 286 487 -
Albion 165 278 435 629 -
Windsor 287 426 584 743 -
Short Windsor 439 571 701 - -
Junior Windsor 614 717 - - -
Short Junior Windsor 787 - - - -
New Western 37 81 175 356 -
Long Western 99 185 321 508 -
Western 193 314 466 625 -
Short Western 310 440 573 - -
Junior Western 465 576 - - -
Short Junior Western 629 - - - -
American 240 355 487 619 -
St. Nicholas 396 495 - - -
New National 24 53 118 249 -
Long National 63 121 218 361 -
National 133 221 336 459 -
Short National 215 313 417 - -
Junior National 328 415 - - -
Short Junior National 452 - - - -
New Warwick 18 41 - - -
Long Warwick 50 92 - - -
Warwick 97 157 - - -
Short Warwick 155 220 - - -
Junior Warwick 232 288 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 315        

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 208 328 509 774 959
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 245 391 602 873 1037
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 332 512 738 981
Metric III 475 751 942
Metric IV 783 1006
Metric V
WA 900 217 337 481 631
WA 70m 53 110 214 374
WA 60m 92 172 293
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 78 141 240
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 36 77 161 310
Long Metric (Ladies) 73 141 254 409
Long Metric II 126 217 339 475
Long Metric III 214 318 431
Long Metric IV 340 433
Long Metric V 479
Short Metric 172 250 348
Short Metric II 206 295
Short Metric III 352
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 285 376 472

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 35 61 127 283 511
Hereford / Bristol I 86 139 256 477 723
Bristol II 184 272 442 695 911
Bristol III 333 447 632 860 1028
Bristol IV 561 680 845 - -
Bristol V 844 936 - - -
St. George 38 65 128 265 -
Albion 86 134 237 412 -
Windsor 171 245 379 563 -
Short Windsor 305 393 528 685 -
Junior Windsor 493 576 686 - -
Short Junior Windsor 705 762 - - -
New Western 15 28 63 159 -
Long Western 47 79 152 300 -
Western 103 159 271 445 -
Short Western 192 268 397 556 -
Junior Western 339 424 541 - -
Short Junior Western 533 600 - - -
American 142 204 316 469 -
St. Nicholas 286 360 464 - -
New National 9 18 41 106 -
Long National 29 49 98 202 -
National 70 109 189 319 -
Short National 130 185 280 403 -
Junior National 232 296 387 - -
Short Junior National 374 428 - - -
New Warwick 8 14 - - -
Long Warwick 24 39 - - -
Warwick 52 80 - - -
Short Warwick 96 134 - - -
Junior Warwick 170 212 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 267 300 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 122 176 284 481 716
WA 1440 (Ladies) 140 205 338 571 817
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 193 280 449 707 935
Metric III 390 505 690 918 1087
Metric IV 700 810 961
Metric V 916 1006
WA 900 123 182 295 461
WA 70m 23 41 88 197
WA 60m 43 73 142 275
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 39 63 117 225
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 15 27 61 146
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 33 57 115 236
Long Metric II 64 102 184 322
Long Metric III 126 182 283 416
Long Metric IV 238 306 404
Long Metric V 398 453
Short Metric 107 149 223 334
Short Metric II 129 178 265
Short Metric III 264 323
Short Metric IV 462
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 197 255 346 459

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 6 19 53 158 335
Hereford / Bristol I 18 51 124 306 539
Bristol II 47 117 248 505 754
Bristol III 113 235 417 693 1050
Bristol IV 268 445 650 893 1050
Bristol V 552 741 914 - -
St. George 7 22 57 157 -
Albion 19 52 121 278 -
Windsor 47 112 225 426 -
Short Windsor 115 225 371 571 -
Junior Windsor 269 409 555 717 -
Short Junior Windsor 515 640 748 - -
New Western 2 8 24 81 -
Long Western 9 27 69 185 -
Western 24 63 144 314 -
Short Western 56 129 248 440 -
Junior Western 137 257 403 576 -
Short Junior Western 319 459 584 - -
American 39 94 188 355 -
St. Nicholas 113 215 341 495 -
New National 1 5 15 53 -
Long National 5 16 43 121 -
National 16 42 98 221 -
Short National 36 86 170 313 -
Junior National 88 172 280 415 -
Short Junior National 209 315 415 - -
New Warwick 1 4 - - -
Long Warwick 5 13 - - -
Warwick 12 32 - - -
Short Warwick 28 64 - - -
Junior Warwick 69 129 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 160 229

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 37 82 161 328 538
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 41 92 187 391 634
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 55 127 256 512 769
Metric III 156 289 475 751 966
Metric IV 415 590 783 1006 1150
Metric V 614 813 985
WA 900 31 78 166 337
WA 70m 4 12 35 110
WA 60m 8 24 64 172
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 8 23 56 141
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 2 8 24 77
Long Metric (Ladies) 6 18 50 141
Long Metric II 14 38 91 217
Long Metric III 33 82 167 318
Long Metric IV 88 175 289 433
Long Metric V 224 336 440
Short Metric 35 74 138 250
Short Metric II 41 89 165 295
Short Metric III 123 208 308
Short Metric IV 328 415
Short Metric V 390
WA Standard Bow 73 145 240 376

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 2 6 26 78 142
Hereford / Bristol I 7 18 67 173 280
Bristol II 19 47 148 325 473
Bristol III 53 113 282 508 663
Bristol IV 156 268 502 737 869
Bristol V 402 552 794 976 1063
St. George 3 7 29 82 -
Albion 7 19 67 165 -
Windsor 20 47 140 287 -
Short Windsor 57 115 263 439 -
Junior Windsor 169 269 451 614 -
Short Junior Windsor 408 515 673 787 -
New Western 1 2 11 37 -
Long Western 3 9 36 99 -
Western 9 24 81 193 -
Short Western 24 56 158 310 -
Junior Western 70 137 298 465 -
Short Junior Western 208 319 497 629 -
American 17 39 116 240 -
St. Nicholas 57 113 249 396 -
New National - 1 7 24 -
Long National 2 5 22 63 -
National 6 16 55 133 -
Short National 15 36 106 215 -
Junior National 44 88 201 328 -
Short Junior National 130 209 345 452 -
New Warwick - 1 - - -
Long Warwick 2 5 - - -
Warwick 5 12 - - -
Short Warwick 12 28 - - -
Junior Warwick 35 69 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 104 160 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 17 37 101 208 305
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 18 41 114 245 364
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 24 55 157 332 480
Metric III 83 156 338 566 721
Metric IV 294 415 645 863 984
Metric V 445 614 865 1047 1133
WA 900 13 31 99 217
WA 70m 1 4 17 53
WA 60m 3 8 33 92
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 3 8 30 78
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 1 2 11 36
Long Metric (Ladies) 2 6 25 73
Long Metric II 5 14 50 126
Long Metric III 14 33 102 214
Long Metric IV 42 88 205 340
Long Metric V 139 224 367 479
Short Metric 16 35 90 172
Short Metric II 19 41 108 206
Short Metric III 70 123 236 352
Short Metric IV 252 328 439
Short Metric V 305 390
WA Standard Bow 36 73 170 285

 Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stBMMBGMB
York28351169891310651146
Hereford / Bristol I477723884---
Bristol II695911----
Bristol III860-----
Bristol IV------
Bristol V------
St. George265442575721--
Albion412590700---
Windsor563713----
Short Windsor685-----
Junior Windsor------
Short Junior Windsor------
New Western159313443593--
Long Western300468579---
Western445595----
Short Western556-----
Junior Western------
Short Junior Western------
American469594----
St. Nicholas------
New National106217315432--
Long National202330418---
National319436----
Short National403-----
Junior National------
Short Junior National------
New Warwick79156----
Long Warwick150234----
Warwick222297----
Short Warwick278-----
Junior Warwick------
Short Junior Warwick------

Metric Rounds

Classification

 Round3rd2nd1stBMMBGMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen)481716885106511901259
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I571817973
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II707935
Metric III918
Metric IV
Metric V
WA 900461603
WA 70m197340437
WA 60m275413494
WA 50m (80cm Target Face)225
Long Metric (Gentlemen)146275378490
Long Metric (Ladies / I)236377465
Long Metric II322449
Long Metric III416
Long Metric IV
Long Metric V
Short Metric334
Short Metric II
Short Metric III
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow Round
459

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 100 283 511 839 1015
Hereford / Bristol I 212 477 723 992 1118
Bristol II 381 695 911 - -
Bristol III 570 860 - - -
Bristol IV 792 - - - -
Bristol V - - - - -
St. George 103 265 442 671 -
Albion 199 412 590 773 -
Windsor 332 563 713 - -
Short Windsor 484 685 - - -
Junior Windsor 651 - - - -
Short Junior Windsor - - - - -
New Western 49 159 313 542 -
Long Western 124 300 468 653 -
Western 231 445 595 - -
Short Western 354 556 - - -
Junior Western 504 - - - -
Short Junior Western - - - - -
American 277 469 594 - -
St. Nicholas 431 - - - -
New National 31 106 217 392 -
Long National 79 202 330 477 -
National 160 319 436 - -
Short National 247 403 - - -
Junior National 358 - - - -
Short Junior National - - - - -
New Warwick 24 79 - - -
Long Warwick 62 150 - - -
Warwick 115 222 - - -
Short Warwick 177 278 - - -
Junior Warwick 252 - - - -
Short Junior Warwick - - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 244 481 716 1004 1149
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 289 571 817 1075 1196
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 388 707 935
Metric III 628 918
Metric IV 914
Metric V
WA 900 255 461 603
WA 70m 69 197 340 501
WA 60m 115 275 413
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 97 225
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 47 146 275 452
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 92 236 377 523
Long Metric II 154 322 449
Long Metric III 248 416
Long Metric IV 372
Long Metric V
Short Metric 197 334
Short Metric II 235
Short Metric III
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 316 459

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 69 194 335 574 813
Hereford / Bristol I 155 359 539 780 972
Bristol II 298 569 754 955 1092
Bristol III 477 752 908 - -
Bristol IV 709 938 - - -
Bristol V 956 - - - -
St. George 73 190 307 487 -
Albion 149 321 458 629 -
Windsor 266 473 605 743 -
Short Windsor 416 612 717 - -
Junior Windsor 595 747 - - -
Short Junior Windsor 774 - - - -
New Western 32 103 193 356 -
Long Western 89 220 342 508 -
Western 176 358 486 625 -
Short Western 289 481 590 - -
Junior Western 445 607 - - -
Short Junior Western 615 - - - -
American 222 394 504 619 -
St. Nicholas 378 524 - - -
New National 20 68 130 249 -
Long National 56 145 234 361 -
National 121 254 351 459 -
Short National 200 344 430 - -
Junior National 312 440 - - -
Short Junior National 440 - - - -
New Warwick 16 52 - - -
Long Warwick 44 110 - - -
Warwick 88 179 - - -
Short Warwick 145 240 - - -
Junior Warwick 222 304 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 307 - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 191 375 538 774 982
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 224 448 634 873 1056
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 306 577 769 981 1131
Metric III 536 810 966
Metric IV 837 1047
Metric V 1027
WA 900 199 379 500 631
WA 70m 47 136 232 374
WA 60m 82 204 312 443
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 70 167 256
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 31 97 175 310
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 64 170 272 409
Long Metric II 114 251 356 475
Long Metric III 198 352 445
Long Metric IV 323 460
Long Metric V 466
Short Metric 160 278 362
Short Metric II 192 326
Short Metric III 337
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 270 405 484

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 23 69 127 283 511
Hereford / Bristol I 58 155 256 477 723
Bristol II 132 298 442 695 911
Bristol III 258 477 632 860 1028
Bristol IV 473 709 845 - -
Bristol V 768 956 - - -
St. George 25 73 128 265 -
Albion 59 149 237 412 -
Windsor 125 266 379 563 -
Short Windsor 244 416 528 685 -
Junior Windsor 430 595 686 - -
Short Junior Windsor 657 774 - - -
New Western 9 32 63 159 -
Long Western 31 89 152 300 -
Western 72 176 271 445 -
Short Western 143 289 397 556 -
Junior Western 277 445 541 - -
Short Junior Western 478 615 - - -
American 105 222 316 469 -
St. Nicholas 232 378 464 - -
New National 6 20 41 106 -
Long National 19 56 98 202 -
National 48 121 189 319 -
Short National 95 200 280 403 -
Junior National 186 312 387 - -
Short Junior National 330 440 - - -
New Warwick 5 16 - - -
Long Warwick 16 44 - - -
Warwick 36 88 - - -
Short Warwick 72 145 - - -
Junior Warwick 139 222 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 239 307 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 91 191 284 481 716
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 103 224 338 571 817
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 141 306 449 707 935
Metric III 313 536 690 918 1087
Metric IV 617 837 961
Metric V 839 1027
WA 900 88 199 295 461
WA 70m 14 47 88 197
WA 60m 28 82 142 275
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 26 70 117 225
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 9 31 61 146
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 21 64 115 236
Long Metric II 43 114 184 322
Long Metric III 91 198 283 416
Long Metric IV 190 323 404
Long Metric V 352 466
Short Metric 82 160 223 334
Short Metric II 98 192 265
Short Metric III 222 337
Short Metric IV 427
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 157 270 346 459

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 3 12 30 89 215
Hereford / Bristol I 8 33 76 192 388
Bristol II 23 81 165 353 601
Bristol III 61 175 307 539 780
Bristol IV 172 363 531 765 959
Bristol V 425 660 819 - -
St. George 3 14 33 92 -
Albion 9 34 76 181 -
Windsor 23 79 155 310 -
Short Windsor 65 172 284 462 -
Junior Windsor 184 347 472 633 -
Short Junior Windsor 425 587 689 - -
New Western 1 5 13 42 -
Long Western 4 17 41 111 -
Western 11 42 92 211 -
Short Western 28 92 175 332 -
Junior Western 79 201 318 485 -
Short Junior Western 225 399 516 - -
American 19 66 129 258 -
St. Nicholas 64 167 267 414 -
New National 1 3 8 27 -
Long National 2 10 25 71 -
National 7 28 62 146 -
Short National 18 60 117 231 -
Junior National 49 132 216 343 -
Short Junior National 142 269 360 - -
New Warwick - 2 - - -
Long Warwick 2 9 - - -
Warwick 5 21 - - -
Short Warwick 14 46 - - -
Junior Warwick 39 100 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 112 200 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 19 59 111 226 401
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 21 66 127 266 478
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 28 90 174 360 610
Metric III 93 225 363 597 838
Metric IV 313 511 672 889 1066
Metric V 472 730 891
WA 900 15 54 110 236
WA 70m 2 8 20 61
WA 60m 3 16 38 103
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 4 15 34 87
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 1 5 13 41
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 3 12 29 82
Long Metric II 6 25 56 140
Long Metric III 16 57 113 231
Long Metric IV 48 133 221 356
Long Metric V 152 288 383
Short Metric 19 54 98 184
Short Metric II 22 65 118 220
Short Metric III 77 169 250
Short Metric IV 264 378
Short Metric V 320
WA Standard Bow 41 110 183 301
Published in Archery Basics

Buying Your First Bow

Monday, 20 February 2017 14:40

One of the most frequent questions we get asked by people who are on one of our beginners courses is "which bow should I buy?". This though is perhaps the wrong question to ask and instead it should be "when should I buy my first bow?"

Whilst it is perfectly understandable to be excited about your new sport, it would be a mistake to rush out and buy a bow too early as this can result in having to replace parts earlier than you would otherwise need and/or buying something that may either cause you injury or impair your development and enjoyment of the sport.

For this reason we strongly suggest that our members make use of the clubs bow loan scheme. For a deposit of £50 we will loan you one of our beginners bows, a sight, tab, arm guard and a set of arrows. When you return the bow, the deposit will be refunded to you.

By using the club bows you will be able to work on developing your form, build your strength all of which will not only give you a better understanding of what you actually need but also potentially mean you can draw heavier bows thus saving you from replacing your equipment too soon.

We would normally recommend that a beginner starts with a recurve bow hence this article will focus on that. Whilst compound bows are gaining popularity in this country recurve is still the dominant discipline and is potentially cheaper, easier and safer for a beginner to start with.

So you've decided, or one of the club coaches has advised you, that it's now time to buy your own bow. What should you buy?

This is by no means a definitive guide. The single most important thing to remember when buying a bow is that it has to be 'right' for you. What is right for you may not be right for someone else and just because a particular bow may not be listed here doesn't mean that you shouldn't buy it.

As you will no doubt have seen the price of bows vary widely but keep in mind that, as a beginner, it is likely that you will replace most parts of your bow in the first couple of years depending on how often you shoot and how quickly you pick things up.

Risers

Risers

They come in different sizes, different colours are made by different companies and have different limb fittings. To make life easier for you we would advise that you buy a riser that uses ILF (International Limb Fitting). In theory any ILF limb will fit any ILF riser regardless of make. ILF is by far the most common fitting and gives you maximum choice of limbs. The choice of riser is very much down to feel. A £600 riser won't shoot as well as a £200 riser if it feels uncomfortable to you. Nor is an £600 riser necasarily more acurate than a £200 one. A more expensive riser may however have tuning/adjustment capabilities that the most basic risers don't have but for a beginner such adjustments can cause more confusion than benefit in the early stages.

Is one manufacturer better than another?
Yes.....and no. The biggest names in recurve bows are probably Hoyt and Win & Win (W&W) but that's not to say that they are the best, at least not at the beginners end of the market. The cheapest W&W riser is more money than a beginner would typically be prepared to pay but that doesn't mean you should rush out and buy a Hoyt either. One particular manufacturer who make some great risers for beginners and intermediates is Sebastian Flute (SF) In some ways these risers are argualbly better than the entry level Hoyt. Other brands that do beginner risers are Cartel and Kap but there are many others.

Models that we would suggest at worthy of consideerationare (in no particular order):
WINS Axion (around £110)
WINS Premium (around £150)
WINS Forged Elite (around £240)
Hoyt Excel (around £110)
Hoyt Horizon (around £150)

(prices and models correct 2017)

What size should you buy? The size of a recurve bow is determined by the size of the riser and the length of the limbs. The most common size is a 68" bow which typically would mean a 25" riser with medium limbs. However determining what size bow you need is an important step to get right with many variable and so you should really speak to a coach about it or someone at the shop.

How much should you spend?
There is no real way of answering this question. Our advise is that you spend as much as you are prepared to spend but keep in mind that you may still replace it in the first couple of years. The more you spend now the longer you might be able to keep it but far more important than price is how it feels to you. Don't spend £250 on a riser if it feels uncomfortable when a £100 model feels better.

Limbs

Again this is something you will need to speak to a coach about or the shop as they come in different sizes, different weights, made of different materials and made by different companies.

What size do I need?
The size limb (and therefore the size of riser) you should buy will be determined by your draw length. The average person will shoot a 68" bow meaning that on a 25" riser they need Medium length limbs. Getting the correct bow size is important as if you shoot one that's the wrong size you won't be able to get the most energy from the limbs or you'll be putting too much energy into them. If your draw length is between 27"-29" you will probably need a 68" bow and therefore medium limbs.

What poundage should I buy?
This is why we suggest using the club bows to begin with. For most people archery uses muscles that they don't use that much in every day life, therefore it takes time to develop them. If you buy limbs that are too heavy you are 'over bowed' and could do yourself an injury and you'll find it very hard to be accurate. If you buy limbs that are too light you are 'under bowed' and won't develop the muscles needed or be able to reach the distances you want. By the time most beginners come to buy their first bow most will be looking to buy limbs between 24lb - 32lb but for some people 24lb will be too much and 32lb too light. Only you know how easy or hard it is to draw so ultimately it's got to be something that you feel comfortable with.

Limbs

What make/model should I buy?
Limbs are made of all different types of materials such as wood, foam, carbon and often limbs will use a combination of these materials. The main difference in these materials is their speed. The faster they spring back the faster the arrow flies. As a beginner you are going to be increasing your draw weight so you will almost certainly replace them in the first year. Therefore don't spend a lot. Models we would suggest are worth consideration are:
SF Premium Fibre (around £60)
KAP Windstorm 1 (around £60)
WNS Axiom (around £70)
WNS Premium Alpha (around £95)

(prices and models correct 2017)

Sights

Sights

Assuming you aren't shooting bare bow, you'll need a sight. There are two schools of thoughts when it comes to buying your first sight and both are equally valid. 1. Buy cheap and replace sooner. 2. Buy more expensive and replace later, if at all. The reason why both are valid can be best demonstrated by highlighting the main disadvantages of both types of sight.

Cheap Sight Disadvantages:
1. They shake themselves loose frequently.
2. They are harder to adjust quickly and finely.

Expensive Sight Disadvantages:
1. They can cost 10x as much as a cheap one.
2. They offer a level of fine adjustment that a beginner won't make use of for several months.

To be frank all a beginner needs from a sight to begin with is a fixed reference point. On that basis a pin stuck in some tape on the riser does the job (not recommended long term of course). You do want something though that you can record your sight marks with, but any sight can do that.

It's up to you how much you want to spend but models we believe are worth considering are:

Cartel Midi Extension (around £10)
SF Axiom (around £25)
Decut 120 (around £40)
SF Velocity Carbon (around £75)

(prices and models correct 2017)

You can spend a lot more than that the Shibuya Ultima RC Carbon is a whopping £235 but you certainly don't need to spend anywhere near that as a beginner.

Arrows

Arrows are obviously an important piece of equipement that you will need. However it is important to get the right length and spine (thickness/strength) of arrow and that is determined by your bow and draw length. Therefore you should talk to a coach or the shop before making a purchase.

There are dozens of different types of arrows made from a range of materials but as a beginner we would definitely suggest you buy aluminium arrows as these are cheap to replace and perfectly good enough.

Typically most shops tend to supply beginners with Easton Jazz or Easton Blues and these are available in sets of 8 or 12 as well as individually. 8 arrows is enough to begin with, you will probably bend and loose some over time but they can be easily replaced.

Arrows

Other equipment you will need will be a tab, arm guard, string, stand and quiver. You may also wish to consider buying a case/rucksack in which to transport and store all your equipment.

A Tab is a very personal piece of equipment and often over looked as just a finger protector. Its more than that as it's one of only 2 points of contact you have with your bow. To begin with a tab is just a piece of leather but when you buy your first bow you will probably need something better as the heavier draw weights may hurt your fingers if you shoot with the cheap single layered leather tabs. The most important thing is that you get one that fits correctly. Too small and your fingers won't be protected, too big and the leather will catch on the string spoiling your shot. Speak to the shop to get the right size. Tabs come in all manner of shapes and sizes and prices. You don't need to spend a fortune. What you are getting in the more expensive tabs is a better quality leather which allows the string to slip off more easily, more adjustments and the name. We would advise getting something with a finger spacer to prevent you pinching your arrows off the string but beyond that it's done to personal preference, feel and budget.

When it comes to the string just ask the shop to provide you with one but ask them to set the bow up as well. They should then check to make sure that the brace height and nocking point height are correct which may require making some minor adjustments to the string (adding or removing twists). It's a lot easier for you if they do it first but it is something you will need to learn to check and do for yourself as well.

Your quiver, stand and arm guard are all just personal preferences.

After all that, enjoy your archery!

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