|There are two different types of
bows commonly in use today. One utilizes the bow limbs
themselves to store the energy needed to propel a
selected arrow. The other stores its energy in an
off-center pulley or cam and is known as a compound bow.
The first bow is often constructed two different ways.
One is a straight-limbed bow made of solid fiberglass.
The second of the two is a recurved-limb bow or recurve
bow made of laminations of wood and fiberglass. When
selecting your very first bow be sure not to make the
mistake of choosing one too hard to pull. Pounds are the
measurement of strength you must exert to pull a knocked
arrow back full length. Boys should use bows of pull
weights from 15-30 pounds; girls from 15-25 pounds; women
from 20-35 pounds; and men from 35-70 pounds. A bow with
a poundage pull of about 45 will hit a target as well as
a 70 pound bow but at a shorter range. The lighter the
bow the better you will shoot, so get a bow that you can
easily string and unstring and shoot without tiring. When
your bow is unstrung it should be about your own height.
Here are three different types of bows: