I have put together information for you about the different bow types and their characteristics.
Now, it is time to get a bit more into detail.
In this article, I want to focus on what would be the best recurve bow for beginners.
To say “The Best” is maybe not the smartest thing to say, because this is very subjective, but there are a few things a recurve bow should have to make it better than other bows.
Things a recurve bow for beginners should have
We are talking about beginners here.
When you just get started with archery, you don’t really know what you need and what draw weight you should choose.
I could say now a number like 25-30 lb, but this could be too much for some and way too less for others.
The price is another important factor. An archer novice might not know if it is the right sport for him, so spending a lot of money upfront could be a waste of money, if it should turn out that archery is just not the right hobby.
Durability has to be looked into, too. Many things can be done wrong and a fragile bow can break easier than a stronger one.
1. Consider choosing a take-down bow
My advice is to get a take-down bow.
A take-down bow has three main parts. The riser (where you hold the bow) and two limbs. These parts can be separated from each other for easier transport.
You will find out quickly that you can draw a stronger bow after a short time after you started with archery.
Instead of buying a completely new bow after a few weeks or month, you can just go and buy a set of stronger limbs, attach them to your riser and you are ready to shoot again.
2. Don’t get a bow that is too heavy
While this is not as important as other things in my list here, it can make a difference in your overall archery experience. If you get a bow that is too heavy, it will exhaust you faster than a lighter bow which will influence the accuracy of your shots.
Luckily there are many recurve bows that are under 2kg (4lbs) and you shouldn’t have a problem with a bow of this weight.
3. Choose the right material
The material is important as it will make the bow heavier or lighter and it will make a difference between a bow that will be there forever or break easily if mistreated.
The riser of a recurve bow can be made of different materials, like wood or metal.
Metals used for risers are for example magnesium or aluminum, while wooden risers can be made of all types of wood.
Metal risers are generally heavier than wooden risers, but there are many archers who prefer the feeling of a metal riser over a wooden riser.
A wooden riser might get damaged easier, than a metal riser. Beginners can make many things wrong, but a metal riser will withstand many things if it is not abused purposely.
Anyways, as a beginner, I still would choose a wooden riser, because they are lighter and cheaper.
Again this is up to you, of course. If you prefer a metal riser over a wooden one, then this is totally fine.
The limbs are attached to the riser and give the bow its name, as they are curved away from the archer.
You can only choose between different limbs if you are buying a take-down bow.
This is now very similar to the riser. Limbs made of wood are cheaper than those made of other materials.
Most important is, that you don’t buy limbs that are too weak or too strong.
As a male adult with an average build, I would recommend getting a draw weight of 30-35 lb.
A woman might want to choose a draw weight around 25-30 lb.
If you are very strong and athletic you can handle higher draw weights but don’t get a bow with 50 lb draw weight as a beginner.
In archery we use muscles many people hardly ever use, so a bow that is too difficult to draw might lead to strain muscles or even injuries.
My Recommendation For The Best Recurve Bow For Beginners
I have tested the SAS Courage 60″ Takedown Recurve Bow and think it makes a great recurve bow for beginners. It is not too pricey yet of a good quality.
Jump over to my review and learn why I think that you should get this bow if you are just starting with archery.
Soon you will find another review for a recurve bow on my site.
Talk to you soon.