Recurve Bows for Beginners

In an earlier post, I mentioned three different bow types that are commonly used today. Now, let’s take a more in depth look at recurve bows.

Recurve bows got their name because, as you can see, the limbs of the bow (the white parts) curve and then they recurve to the opposite direction. If you’ve also read my post on compound bows, then you know that archers were not always creative with names. The bow in the picture is called an Olympic recurve because it is the only type of bow used in the Olympics.

This bow is also called a take-down bow. This is due to the fact that the limbs (the white pieces) come apart from the riser (the brown part) so that the bow is easy to transport. The ability to remove the limbs also allows you to switch your limbs when you want a higher draw weight.

Recurves are often equipped with a single pin sight. That means there is one dot that is placed over the target when you shoot, unlike compound bows which have multiple pins.

Olympic recurves are used with something called a finger tab which protects your fingers from the string. Finger tabs come in many different shapes and sizes, but this picture shows a fairly common type of finger tab. Some finger tabs come with a small shelf built in on which archers will rest their chins. This is because, in Olympic archery, the anchor point (the point at which the string comes to when it is drawn back all the way) is located just under the chin.

If you’re still not sure which type of bow you’d like to shoot, stay tuned. I’ll describe the other types in more detailed beginner archery guides to help you make your decision.

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