Archery Equipment

Please note that we do not cater for Crossbows or Mongolian Bows at the club

Before buying a bow, you will need to determine if you need a right hand or left hand bow. There are two schools of thought as to bow hand selection. Firstly, eye dominance determines whether you need a left or right hand bow 30, and secondly your dominant hand makes that determination 31. To determine your dominant eye, hold your hands out in front of you at arms length, palms outwards and fingers pointed upwards. Cross them with thumbs at the bottom forming a small hole. Pick out an object you can see through the hole. Now close one eye, and see if you can see the object. Do the same with the other eye. Whichever eye can see the object is your dominant eye 11. If you saw the object with your right eye, and you are right handed then you need a right hand bow. If you are left eye dominant and left handed then you need a left hand bow. The vast majority of people will fit into one of those categories. In the event that your dominant eye and dominant hand differ, then it is probably best you select the bow you feel most comforable with. Eye dominance can be retrained 12.

In an addition to an armguard, the following equipment is necessary regardless of what type of bow you use. Longbows do not use stabilizers or wrist straps.


Arrows (these vary in price and quality). Buy bow first as arrows must fit bow, and bow must fit you. Generally, carbon arrows are used for compound bows, whilst recurve archers use aluminium. Easton arrows FAQ Easton Target Arrows shaft selector.

Fletching Jig

A fletching jig is needed to replace arrow vanes. Vanes are frequently damaged by passing through targets, incorrect placement on the arrow rest and being hit by other arrows.


Target archers use very small vanes. Large ones will reduce accuracy due to wind drift. You will also need the correct type of glue for affixing your arrows.


A quiver. We recommend a FOUR tube quiver with plenty of pockets.


Not all archers find a sling necessary, but many do. A sling allows the archer to grip the bow loosely without fear of dropping the bow.

Bow Square

A bow square to set your bow up correctly. This dramatically improves the accuracy of the bow.


Stabilizers are used on both recurve and compound bows to reduce movement/shaking. Not initially necessary.

Bow Stand

To keep your bow off the ground when not in use, you will need a bow stand.

Allen Keys

Allen keys, specifically in imperial sizes (i.e. not metric). Set should be small enough to fit in your quiver.

Spotting Scope

A spotting scope. Note the angle of the eye piece. You will be looking down into the scope. Standard telescopes are not appropriate for archery. In addition to the scope you will need a tripod for the scope. The spotting scope should end up being slightly below shoulder level.

Compound bows and Accessories

At present, the majority of members at our club shoot with compound bows. Choice of type of bow is purely personal. Compound bows are generally more powerful and accurate than recurve bows. Recurve, in turn, are generally more accurate than longbows. To compensate for expected accuracy, scoring requirements are adjusted in accordance with the FITA handicapping system 13. The resultant handicap should be the same, regardless of what type of bow you shoot. No bow is better than any other, it is your choice.

Compound bows have two wheels (cams) at the end of their limbs. A cable system works in conjunction with cams to store energy and then release it when the archer lets go of the string. Arrow speeds in excess of 300 feet per second are not uncommon. When the archer is at full draw, most compound bows allow some relaxation (termed "let off") of the poundage held by the archer. This allows the archer to aim for longer periods with less expense of energy 14. The compound bow is the most technical of all bows. Australia`entered a team of compound archers at the 2011 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi, India.

As with any other bow, there is no point buying a bow that you cannot draw. This is a common mistake new archers make. Remember, you will need to draw the bow back at least or over 144 times in a FITA tournament 15, not once or twice. Hunters may shoot with high poundage bows (70lbs or more) due to the heaviness of the arrows they shoot. They also don't shoot as many arrows as a target archer. Target archers are not permitted to shoot with more than a 60lbs draw 16. All our Mens Open compound archers shoot with poundages ranging from 50-60lbs in order to reach 90m with accuracy.

When buying a bow, the draw length is critical. A rough estimate of draw length is taking your height (in inches), take off 15 inches and then divide the result by 2. For example, if you are 6 foot tall, your height in inches is 72 inches, take off 15 inches, the result being 57 inches. Dividing 57 inches by two results in an estimated draw length of 28.5 inches 17. An alternative is to take your height (in inches) and divide by 2.5. Only buy arrows once you have a bow that fits, as the arrows must then fit the bow. If the arrows are too short, you won't be able to use them at all, if they are too long your accuracy will suffer. Prior to tournaments, bows, arrows and release aides must pass a safety and compliance inspection. No electronics of any type are permitted to be affixed to a tournament bow 18.

Archery uses both metric and imperial forms of measurements. Most compound bows are made in the USA and are manufactured with imperial measurements. FITA, the governing body of Olympic and Target archery works with the metric system. Hence, your draw length might be 27 inches to match the specifications of your compound bow, but you will need to shoot up to 90 metres (in accordance with FITA regulations).

Compound Bow

A compound bow

Bow Press

A bowpress is useful for fitting a peep, restringing and tuning a compound bow. Not intially necessary as many compound archers have them and may loan you their's.

Compound Sight with Scope

Sight with Scope for compound bow.

Arrow Rest

Arrow rest for a compound bow

Wrist strap Release Aide

Wrist strap release


This is a peep, a small round see through ring that is placed in the bow string.

Hand held Release Aid

Hand held release. A wrist or hand release protects your fingers from damage caused by the high poundage of the string.

Recurve bows and Accessories

Archers are commonly introduced to archery with recurve bows. A basic recurve bow is generally a lot cheaper than a compound and are therefore an affordable option for a club when providing introductory and/or hire equipment. There are minor differences in technique. Good quality recurves are similarly priced to compounds.

As with any other type of bow, recurves need to be set up to suit you, the archer. The poundage must not be excessive as the bow will be hard to draw and even harder to hold when aiming.

Recurve bows are considered as more traditional. Arrow speed is considerably less and therefore removing arrows from targets is generally easier. There is no let-off of poundage at full draw, so they are harder to keep still at full draw. They are currently the only type of bow permitted in the Olympics 19. Both recurve and compound bows are used in the Commonwealth Games.

Always use a stringer when stringing a recurve, for safety reasons, as a string flying off when being strung can cause serious eye damage 20.

Recurve bow

A recurve bow

Recurve arrow rest

A recurve arrow rest


A recurve plunger assists with control of the arrow as it is loosed.

Finger tab

Finger tab to protect fingers.

Recurve sight with pin

A recurve sight with pin.


A stringer used to assist with stringing the bow.


Longbows have a long and distinguished history. In 1415 they made their presence felt at the battle of Agincourt where Henry V famously vanquished the French army with hails of lethal arrows. Although outnumbered, strategic placement of his archers won the day. 28 Robin Hood is depicted with a longbow and tales of his amazing accuracy are legendary. The English only replaced the longbow as a weapon of choice in the 1600's, with the advent of gunpowder. The longbow is so named as it relates to the height of the archer. 29 According to the Guiness Book of Records, the record poundage pulled is a little over 200 pounds.

Longbows vary in poundage and, as with all bows, must fit the archer in terms of size and poundage. Chris Binyon (one of the world's longbow champions) provides specialist coaching for members. His training is goaled at becoming competent to compete at an international level.

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Recommended Suppliers

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