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    1st practice kit

    I've just started a course at a local club and would like to buy my first bow. Now I probably won't buy until after the next lesson, but just wanted any advice on 'cheap' bows. The shop I'm most likely to buy from does two cheap options AW Deluxe Take Down Bow wood handle 59.80 and Adult Rolan Bow 67.50. As a first practice bow would I notice any difference between the two? If I stretched to say 99 would I get something significantly better?

    I'm 6ft3in, quiet strong and using a bow labelled as 68" 28lb at the club. I found it easy to use. Would I notice much difference between a 28lb and a 36lb?

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    Firstly, welcome to the forum and to the wonderful world of archery

    Don't buy anything until after you've done your beginners course. Firstly, you don't know what you can handle safely. Although 28lbs is a good to heavy weight for a beginner and you are "quite strong", you will take some time to build up the muscles required for shooting as they are not regularly used. Secondly, your form (how you shoot the bow) will change over time and with that your equipment requirements will alter. If you go straight out and buy something now you'll probably end up wasting a lot of money on equipment that you either don't need, or will outgrow in a short space of time.

    Speak with the club that you are doing the course with, as they will have a good idea of when to start looking for your own equipment and will be able to give you good advice on what to buy.

    Spend some time talking to people on here, reading up on techniques and learn as much as you can.

    Most on here were in your situation at the beggining and it's hard to resist pulling your money out, but you will benefit more from saving it until you know what you really want.

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    Finish your course and go to the club a few more time. AM sure they wont mind that you that you use the club equipment a few more weeks.

    Once you develop some strength you can establish your draw weight and a consistent draw length.

    And get to know the established club members because they could be your best assets to get the most adequate equipment.

    If you are on a budget, you could also consider second hand because there are some great bargain on auction sites
    Performance wise, the second hand might be even better than the cheapish new ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archer_dk View Post

    If you are on a budget, you could also consider second hand because there are some great bargain on auction sites
    Performance wise, the second hand might be even better than the cheapish new ones.
    Never buy from auction sites unless you know exactly what you are doing. Very easy to buy a) the wrong thing or b) rubbish.

    As suggested you should talk to your club coaches - the first thing we say on our course is DO NOT BUY ANYTHING YET.
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    I agree, finish your course first, as you will undoubtedly increase your poundage while doing this ( I jumped from 26lb to 32lb after week 2).
    Once my course finished I went to my local Quicks, and got set up with a Cartel Fantom, lovely bow for the price (155). It was recommended not to go for the trainer bows, as there is a big difference in the feel (I am now at 36lb).
    I currently have no button, or stabilisers/weights, as I was told to just get used to the feel of the new bow first, after 3 weeks of using it I am now in the position to get the additions to the bow.
    Then probably 6-8 months down the line I will be looking at a full upgrade of my equipment, as I will undoubtedly outgrow the Fantom.

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    Thanks for the replies. I have my own land and was quiet keen on getting some kit, even if I just get a cheap practice bow. Once I've decided how far I want to go in the sport then spend some cash. I believe next week they are letting us try a wider range of bows, hence wanting to wait until next week at least. I don't mind spending 60 for a bow even if I only use it for the next few weeks. The course is oversubscribed and we are not getting much practice in the 2 hours.

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