Tips for getting started in traditional archery?
Hey guys I just bought a 50# Samick Sage take down recurve off of Cabelas and I am a newbie when it comes to traditional archery. I do shoot a 73# compound bow so I do have experience with bows but I am new to stickbows. Do you have any tips, tricks, or info that can help me get started up? Thanks for the advice!
Google "How to tune longbows and recurves" and you'll find all the info you need on how to set one up to shoot at it's best. You can also go to Tradbow.com and find all the help and info you will ever need.
Sounds like we have no traditional guys on Eastmans.
I've done a bit of traditional archery. I'm self taught so can probably tell you what not to do rather than what TO do. First and foremost do your bow a favor and get a bow stringer. They're cheap so buy two in case you loose one. Lots of places carry them 3Rivers Archery is a good place (mods, hope I can say their name here?)
If your talking about shooting instinctively, remember it is dynamic like throwing a ball, it's very different than shooting a compound. Like all dynamic activities you have to start with, and learn, the fundamental and then refine them to what works best for you. That's why there are so many great golf swings on the pro tours, but none are exactly the same. A great book for this is G. Fred Asbell's book Instinctive Shooting http://www.gfredasbell.com/GFA_Books...Shooting_Vol_1
Best of all is see if you can find a traditional archery club near you or a group of trad archers in any local archery club.
Probably rattled on more than you wanted but hope that helped.
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Thats really helpful! I'm definately going to get a stringer for my bow and from research I have found that traditional bows are definately a whole different ball game than compounds. I'm excited to start a new type of archery that I have never experienced before.
Absolutely a stringer! Don't string without one, if you screw up the limbs, you'll be buying new ones! I'm the VP of Wenatchi River Traditional Archers in Wenatchee, WA, and have shot trad for decades-not that it's made an improvement in my groups!! Tradgang is the place to ask questions, and 3Rivers is the place to shop unless you can find a pro shop in your area that carries sticks as well as wheelbows. I shot a Hoyt Proforce Extreme in league competitions for several years before I gave it up and returned to traditional, so I'm familiar with both worlds. Trad's a LOT simpler!
Pay close attention to your anchor point and release, and don't drop your bow hand! Samick's are nice bows: we have two of them for target use and to return to when our groups go downhill. Aught6fan's comments of Asbell are right on; good ol` "G Fred" is an excellent resource. 50 pounds might make you a little overbowed for awhile, but you should grow into it pretty quick. Tuning is easier with a stick than wheels simply because your spine is pretty much the only thing you can tweak substantially. You may find that the bow likes arrows with a different spine than what she's built for, and the easiest way to change is by using arrows that have screw in points. Just raise or lower the grain count on the point depending on where your groups tend to wind up. Don't feel honor bound to use wood shafts, either! Especially if you build your own arrows, Aluminum and carbon shafts are nice and allow you to change points quicker than heating up the glue on the tip. You'll need a high-speed saw for carbon to cut off the shafts to the correct length, otherwise you'll just shatter the carbon and won't get a clean cut. And use the fletch tape, which is obscenely easy! Feel free to pm me if i can help in any way!