Are you looking for a hobby that is fun, yet provides a challenge and can be done both indoors and out? You may want to consider taking up archery as a hobby. An ideal sport for almost anyone over the age of 6 or 7, it improves patience and concentration, while also providing a great upper body workout. If you are interested in getting involved in this sport, here is a quick rundown of how to get into archery.
The Cost of Getting Your Equipment Together
As with almost any sport, you will need specific equipment, starting with a bow, if you plan to take up archery.
When you are new to the sport, your best option is to go into a sporting goods store to purchase your first bow because there are a number of factors to consider, including:
- Are you right or left handed?
- Which eye is dominant?
- Bow length and draw weight
Most novices start with a beginner recurve bow, which can be found for as little as $30 or well over $100. In addition, you will need:
- A bow stringer: A bow stringer has an average price of $10 and may or may be included with the bow.
- Arrows: Purchase your arrows, which typically come in a pack of 6 or more, at the same time you buy your bow, so someone familiar with the sport can help ensure you get the right size. They range in price from less than $20 to more than $50 depending on the manufacturer and how many you purchase.
- Target: There are a wide array of targets to choose from that vary from paper options that cost just a few dollars to large foam targets that cost hundreds of dollars.
Overall, the price it costs to get started in the sport can fluctuate greatly, depending on what products you choose to purchase. It is important to note that several bow manufacturers sell beginner kits which include everything listed above. You could easily get started for less than $100, which is comparable to the cost associated with taking up many other new hobbies.
If you are interested in taking lessons, you may want to contact your local YMCA or recreation department for assistance. You can also ask at a sports store in your area that sells archery equipment. Even if there is no one in the area who offers archery lessons, they will likely be able to point you in the direction of an archery range. You may be able to find an accomplished archer who will provide lessons.
It is entirely possible to learn the basics of archery without an instructor, so don’t be discouraged if you are unable to find someone who offers traditional lessons.
Practice is Key
Whether or not you take lessons, practice is going to be crucial to your success. Obviously, the more time you spend working with your bow and perfecting your stance, the better you will get. You can set up a target in your own backyard that gives you the ability to practice whenever it is convenient. Start on solid ground.
As you get more comfortable with the sport, try shooting from various heights, for even more fun. For example, pick a tree that you can safely shoot from and climb it. You will need to purchase a stand that can get you up and down a tree. I recommend checking out some climbing tree stand reviews in order to get one that you will be able to practice from proper heights.
Although it doesn’t receive the same amount of attention as other sports, such as baseball, basketball, and football, archery is definitely a fun sport that is worth exploring.