Last Updated
27th Jul 2017

The Main bows used in modern Archery

There are 4 types of Bow used in Archery
Compound
The most high tech and expensive type of bow that can be used, the power of the cams can enable the 40+ poundage when first drawn to be reduced to 20 by the time it is a full draw, arrows will fly at twice the speed of a recurve approaching 200 mph this can help overcome the effects of gravity and crosswinds. Due to this the archer has to be more accurate to score the highest scores. This type of bow can also be used by those with hand or arm problems as the poundage is lighter and causes less pressure on the body.
Recurve & Barebow
The most popular type of bow and the one used in the Olympic Games. A 23" or 25" riser and a set of take-down or international limbs fit together with a string and an arrow rest, to give a bow that can be used by archers of ages from 10 to 100 and giving poundage's from 14 to 40+ this is the normal starting bow and is much more affordable for a junior or beginner. Without any additional attachments to the bow apart from a pressure button, this becomes a barebow which is another style of archery. Additional things normally added to a recurve bow are a sight, a long rod and maybe twins for stabilisation purposes, more elaborate arrow rests and clickers All of which can make this bow a very elaborate and technical piece of equipment. With arm guards, fingers slings, chest guards, tabs and quiver, arrow pullers there is still plenty to buy.
Longbow
For the Robin Hood amongst you, but mainly for the traditionalist archer, the Longbow is the only bow to shoot. Hand made from yew, as well as Hickory, Piquia amongst others, the bow must be as tall as the archer, and have straight ends. With wooden arrows that have true feathers for fletchings make this the ultimate experience for an archer, and many shoot this as well as a recurve or compound. During Dunster Week held on the fields below Dunster Castle the most enjoyable part of the day is when there is a hundred archers on the shooting line awaiting the command to loose, when a hundred longbow arrows are sent into the air, bringing back all the drama of Agincourt of old.