Depending on your size, age and strength, you can buy different sizes of bows:
Teens: They use smaller risers and lighter limbs. Junior archers and limbs come together to form bows of varying lengths, from the smallest 48" bows to 62" and even 64" bows. The shorter the riser (and the limbs), the shorter the bow. The recommended poundage (strength) of arms for teens varies between 10# and 22#, and they are marked to fit different risers (for example, a set of 10# arms for a 48" bow).
Adult Beginners: As a general rule, adults will use a 25" handle that combines with 3 limbs to form a 66" (short), 68" (medium) or 70" (long) bow. Short people can use a 21-inch riser, and very tall people can use a 27-inch riser. When used with a 23" riser or 25" riser, you can see the markings on the arms of the bow over the overall length of the bow.
At first glance, choosing the right recurve bow for yourself can seem a little daunting, especially if you're a beginner. However, once you get the hang of it, it's easy to navigate between different sizes, strengths, and hand orientations.
Remember that strings are made according to the length of each bow. You cannot use strings made for a 66" bow on a 68" bow and vice versa. For simplicity, when you buy strings from our website, you need to choose the length of the bow, not the actual length of the strings. So you'll be buying strings for a 66" bow (not a 66" string).
When do I need to change my bow?
Generally, if you grow taller, the size (length) of your riser and limbs may change. If you get stronger (after a few months of practice), you just need to lift your limbs to higher pounds. This is why we always recommend that adults invest in a quality bow handle, as this is the backbone of the bow and will stay with you for years to come.
Don't forget that your coach is the best person to get personalized advice. He or she understands your size, archery needs and training development plan. We usually work with coaches to provide our clients with the best archery products they need.
We've put together some ready-made starter kits to fit any budget and style. Check out our recommendations:
60inch recurve bow
If you want to keep your options flexible and still benefit from the savings on off-the-shelf kits, why not try our beginner bow builder here.
Ultimately, if you still don't know what to choose - give us a call (+861522522910); our trained experts will be more than happy to help.
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