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I have been shooting a compound for about a year. Wonderful sport!!!

I have been thinking of trying an Olympic style recurve. I am wondering what draw I should look for. Currently I can handle 60 lbs on a compound.

I also have questions on technique ... why do Olympic archers hold their aim where "experts" tell me that aim and shoot is the best way for a recurve?

Any insights are welcome

Thanks
 

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I have been shooting a compound for about a year. Wonderful sport!!!

I have been thinking of trying an Olympic style recurve. I am wondering what draw I should look for. Currently I can handle 60 lbs on a compound.

I also have questions on technique ... why do Olympic archers hold their aim where "experts" tell me that aim and shoot is the best way for a recurve?

Any insights are welcome

Thanks

Hello syndique:

If you are shooting the typical 60 lb compound bow
with 80% letoff, then your HOLDING weight is all of 12 lbs.

With a recurve bow,
your HOLDING weight will be the full weight on the string
on your fingers, at your draw length.

So, very different animal.

Oly style recurve shooting is a great deal of fun,
and requires a much much longer learning curve.



There are all kinds of "experts" on all kinds of subjects.

All kinds of recurve shooting.

Some folks shoot recurve with no sights, no stabilizers.

Some folks shoot a recurve with all the doo-dads, but no sight...
(arrow rest, plunger button, and stabilizer, but no sight).


Olympic style recurve is where you get to use anything you want.
So, we are talking a front stabilizer

and/or

a v-bar

and/or

two rear facing stabilizers

and

elevated arrow rest with a plunger button

and

a target sight with aperture.



Soooo,
if you truly plan to shoot a Oly style recurve bow,
you are going to need to start at the bottom
and work your way up, in order to build up
your finger shooting skills/technique.


I teach kids and I teach adults.

Especially the adult males....

gotta start with say a 25 lb recurve bow
and develop SKILLS with shooting fingers.

It's not physical strength. It IS about developing control
and developing a consistent, finger release shooting techinque,
and consistent head position, and consistent anchor position,
and working on the pre-draw, and getting the bow hand position dead consistent, and then working on shot routine.....

notice, all of these steps focus on consistent technique, and control.


So,
you will go through a multi-step process
to eventually get up to competition shooting weight limbs.

After maybe a 12-month process,
you will work your way from 25 lb limbs (say 3 months of weekly shooting)
to 30 lb limbs (say 3-4 months of weekly shooting)
to 36 lb limbs (say 4 months of weekly shooting)
to say 40 lb limbs (say 6 months of weekly shooting)...

oops, we are now up to 16-17 months of developing control and accuracy

and then you MIGHT consider
going up to 42 lb limbs (notice, as you get to the higher weight limbs, the increases in poundage start getting really really small, and it DOES make a LARGE difference between 40 lb limbs and 42 lb limbs...learning to control the higher draw weight and get your accuracy back to the original avg scores)




So, when you say Olympic style shooting,
I figure you mean FITA shooting,
which means you will EVENTUALLY work up to shooting at a max of 100 yards
(90 meters).


You should start your training at 10 yards
and then work up to 20 yards over the first say 3-4 months.


Soooo,
go get a basic Olympic style recurve setup
(metal riser and ILF compatible limbs)
and a custom bowstring (no comparison with the pre-made stuff)
and some properly designed arrows for recurve use.

Any archery software program
will help you select the correct arrow,
especially when you get your first recurve bow.


For an adult,
shooting adult length arrows,
with only 25 lb limbs....

it is extremely difficult to get an arrow long enough to be safe to use,
AND
design the arrow flexible enough to shoot correctly
from a 25 lb limb bow.


If you need help,
send me a pm,
and I can give you suggestions for arrow specs.

TOO stiff will NOT work with a recurve setup,
shot with fingers.
 

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Nuts you had to scare him didnt you:wink: The fact is that it will take that long. Proper finger shooting takes along time to get consistent.
 

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Nuts you had to scare him didnt you:wink: The fact is that it will take that long. Proper finger shooting takes along time to get consistent.
I help out at a local indoor range,
and teach recurve on Tuesdays.

On occasion, I see the adult male who goes on ebay
and buys a complete FITA setup with all the bells and whistles.

I spend a lotta time convincing folks to start with low draw weight
recurve limbs, and then work their way up 5 lbs at a time, at most.

Shoulder injuries are nasty.
 

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I help out at a local indoor range,
and teach recurve on Tuesdays.

On occasion, I see the adult male who goes on ebay
and buys a complete FITA setup with all the bells and whistles.

I spend a lotta time convincing folks to start with low draw weight
recurve limbs, and then work their way up 5 lbs at a time, at most.

Shoulder injuries are nasty.
Think you took me wrong I agree completly with what you said. I see the same thing. They think that they can shoot a 45 oly. because they shoot 70 compound and shot there friends 50 long bow or recurve. Then some see me breack out mine and think that its easy for getting that I've been shooting for well over 30 years and learned with a recurve.
 

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Think you took me wrong I agree completly with what you said. I see the same thing. They think that they can shoot a 45 oly. because they shoot 70 compound and shot there friends 50 long bow or recurve. Then some see me breack out mine and think that its easy for getting that I've been shooting for well over 30 years and learned with a recurve.
Yup.

We agree completely.
My posts are for the benefit of syndique and any other folks considering
jumping into shooting fingers and getting a taste of recurve shooting.
 

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Many thanks to you all

You have not only not scared me off it sounds more interesting than ever

I have the luxury of being able to shoot twice a week at a fantastic range ... Usury Mountain in Mesa, Az

I have only been shooting a year but have reached a good level

I figure I'll spend one day with recurve and one with compound

I do not mind going slow

Are there any instruction books or dvds you can recommend??

Again many thanks
 

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Many thanks to you all

You have not only not scared me off it sounds more interesting than ever

I have the luxury of being able to shoot twice a week at a fantastic range ... Usury Mountain in Mesa, Az

I have only been shooting a year but have reached a good level

I figure I'll spend one day with recurve and one with compound

I do not mind going slow

Are there any instruction books or dvds you can recommend??

Again many thanks

Start with this.

http://www.archeryworldcup.org/User...opment/Beginners_Manual/BeginnersManuel-e.pdf


This is the FITA Beginner's Manual,
and it goes through the basics of recurve shooting,
with the ultimate goal
of shooting a full blown Olympic style target recurve rig.
 
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