Bows for beginner

The entry into archery

Archery is a fascinating sport, but in the beginning, it can also be very, almost too, complex. Beginners are sometimes overwhelmed by the abundance of possibilities. In order to give beginners a quick and successful start, we have put together some complete sets. Starting with a recurve bow with string and set nocking point over protective goods like armguard and finger tab up to a quiver filled with arrows perfectly tuned to bow and shooter - everything is there what is needed for a successful start.

Naturally, it is highly recommended to take part in one of our bow courses for beginners. Our trainers take a lot of time for the instruction of the prospective shooters. But even without a course, you can easily get into the game with our sets. On our YouTube channel, we have many tutorials and instruction videos and each bow set comes with a high-quality manual explaining everything: from assembling and tensioning the bow to the correct position and releasing the arrow. This makes the introduction to archery a breeze even for beginners.

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At some point, even the best shooter has started as a beginner. But what is the best way to start so that you can make a good introduction and enjoy this hobby for a long time? You should first think about what you mean when you say archery: Would you like to walk the paths of Robin Hood and use a longbow? Would you rather have a recurve with all the technical challenges like at the Olympics? Or are these high-tech compound bows the top class in archery? 
So before you buy any equipment you have to decide what you want. You can choose from the following bow types:


With a longbow, you only have to adjust the brace height and then you can start. The arrows and the nocking point should also be carefully selected, but the bow does not require much effort. 

Other technical details such as the Tiller do not need to be considered, as the longbow is usually made of one piece and the Tiller is already determined by the bow maker during production. 

Because of their size, longbows are quite good-natured and don't take typical beginners' mistakes in the shooting process as hard as short hunting recurves or horse bows. A further advantage is the string angle, which is also very pleasant due to the size. However, with longbows, there is no possibility to replace the limbs with stronger models as the training level increases and the power increases. Here you can only change to a completely new bow.

Hunting recurve bow

With the hunting recurve, as with the longbow, only the brace height and the nocking point have to be adjusted at the beginning. Since these bows are usually shot without visor as well, they offer a similar puristic feeling to longbows. Because of their curved limbs, recurve bows are usually much faster than longbows. The higher arrow speed results in a flatter trajectory, which is of particular benefit to shooters who aim at the target via the arrow point. This makes the entry into the hobby of archery even easier. If it is take-away hunting recurve (also called Take Down Recurve), you have two advantages:

  1. The limbs can be replaced with stronger models if necessary so that only new limbs are needed if the bow is to have more power.

  2. When disassembled, a Take-Down bow can be transported in an extremely space-saving manner. This is particularly useful for students and users of public transport as it can quickly become difficult with a large one-piece bow on a bicycle or in a fully stocked tram.

But which bow should it be at the beginning? The Take Down bows come with the Black LARP, which has a noble black optic. Those who like a grip with a classic wood look can fall back on the Wild Honey. A particularly beautiful bow is the Dark Chocolate. The DRAKE Black Raven and the DRAKE Parrot are suitable for shooters who prefer to use a metal handle instead of wood. Who prefers a one-piece hunting recurve will find the Jackalope Malachite a great introduction. This bow has already won over many customers and independent testers and is also popular with advanced shooters.

Olympic recurve

At the Olympic Recurve, there is already much more to pay attention to, but you can also adapt the bow exactly to your own needs. This starts with the Tiller, for which you can find a link to our video tutorial here. In addition, there are other add-on parts such as the clicker, the visor, the button and the stabilizers.But the target technology is also changing. Because you anchor differently to traditional bows and have to deal with the shadow of the string when aiming with the visor. This all sounds quite complex and complicated at first, but with a little practice, the Olympic recurve bow can also be mastered quickly. To get you on board, you could also shoot blank (i.e. without further add-on parts) to get a feel for the new sports equipment bow. A first insight into the technique of the blank bow (barebow) we show you in our Youtube series "How to Barebow". As soon as the basics are in place, you can add the necessary parts piece by piece and let the shooting technique grow with the equipment.

Our Jackalope Zircon offers the best basis for this, as they have standardized holes for all add-on parts and can, therefore, be removed and adapted as required. A further technical advantage of the Zircon is that it uses the ILF system and can, therefore, be combined with all ILF limbs on the market. The zircon is also available in a wide range of colours, so there is something to suit every taste.