Note: all archery equipment is provided during Beginner’s Courses – you do not need to purchase any equipment prior to the course.
Archery need not be an expensive sport – it is a truism that any bow will be far more capable than the archer using it!
Other truisms are ‘you get what you paid for’ and ‘spend your money where you spend your time’. If you are intending on pursuing archery more seriously then it will be cheaper in the long run to invest wisely – look at what the pros are using, talk to your fellow archers about what they use (and why) and if possible, do A/B comparisons to find the best kit for your ambitions.
Here is the basic equipment needed to get started after certification (your course instructor will be happy to advise you):
- Bow – recurve and compound bows are available for most budgets. Best to start at the lower end of the scale when draw length and weight are most variable. Buy from a reputable dealer who will take time to help you find the right bow and set it up with arrow rest, string etc.
- Arrows – aluminium arrows (e.g. Easton XX75) are best for their durability and the fact that you will most likely start by shooting indoors. After shooting for a while, and a longer distances, consider upgrading to aluminium/carbon composites (e.g. Easton ACG or ACC).
- Sight – choose your budget: there are many models available – some are cheaper copies of the expensive stuff, but just as useable.
- Quiver – anything that holds six or more arrows will work: pockets are handy for keeping the little bits (finger sling, tab etc) together.
- Finger Tab – a personal choice but those with shelves or ledges often give better anchor references. Ensure you get the right size for your hand!
- Finger sling (to prevent the bow flying out of your hand) – can be bought ready made, or better yet make it yourself from a shoe lace!
- Bracer/Arm Guard – you don’t want the string hitting your inside forearm, it hurts! Any will work but the best are close-fitting and adjustable.
- Chest Guard – again, this protects your upper body’s sensitive bits against possible string contact and is pretty much vital for Recurve archers.
- Bow Stringer – a useful accessory for recurve archers to help put your bow together safely.
- Bag/Case – there are loads of options: you are guaranteed to outgrow whatever you buy but get one suitable to fit all your stuff so it’s in one place (you will be less likely to leave something crucial at home!)
- Arrow Puller – arrows are often difficult to remove from target bosses without a decent palm-sized, grippy puller.
If you’re starting out, it is best not to buy online or from Ebay. Equipment often comes up for sale from Club members - if you’re a new archer seek advice from your instructor before buying but this can be a good way of getting stuff at a decent price.
For more advanced, especially competitive archers, check out the list of spare equipment we advise carrying at all times!
We highly recommend Perris Archery in Rettendon, a local archer’s paradise – their staff are all experienced and active archers, they have an indoor range and are happy for you to try new stuff before you buy. Their advice and after-sales support is fantastic.