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Old Archer's Advice

Old Archer's Advice
By Thomas Forbes from his book 'Guide To Better Archery'

Let us listen-in on the Old Archers' conversation, as he offers from his fund of knowledge advice on equipment suitable for a beginner.

"There are almost as many different kinds of bows, or vari­eties of bows as there are archers on the shooting line. Every archer, once he has acquired a proper shooting form selects a bow of a weight and type, which be believes is best suited to his physical makeup and the use to which he expects to put it."

Walking along the shooting line, the Old Archer spoke to one of his friends and then picked up a bow from its ground quiver.

"Here," said the Old Archer, "is a bow which meets very well the qualifications required in a beginners' bow. It is a flat type lemonwood bow with a built up handle. While yew and osage orange are the two best bow woods, lemonwood, which is less expensive will give excellent results at target distances up to sixty yards, with a drawing weight well within the begin­ners' strength."

"You understand," said the Old Archer, "the muscles used to bring a bow to full draw are strengthened by use, and a bow is always shot from full draw. Your first bow should be selected so that you can bring it to full draw without undue strain.

One of the greatest handicaps to a beginner is a bow that requires an all out effort on the part of the archer to bring it to shooting position. First things must come first and a light drawing weight is a prerequisite in a beginners' bow, so that he can concentrate on learning proper shooting form."

The Old Archer paused, and then said: "Don't discount a light weight bow. I know a National Target Champion at dis­tances up to 60 yards who shoots a bow which has a drawing weight less than thirty pounds. The bow is a stock model, flat type, lemonwood bow backed with fortisan. It can be pur­chased at retail for about seventeen dollars."

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