Archery Annoyances #19 – Age, Height, Weight
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Archery Annoyances #19 – Age, Height, Weight

August 11, 2019

(music playing) “Hi NU Sensei, my name is Archer McArcherface, I’m looking for a new bow, I’m 15 years old, 5 foot 9 (175cm), and 17…” I DON’T CARE! Look, don’t take this personally, I do care enough to give you right advice for your bow. But all these things you’re telling me – your age, your gender, your height, your weight. These things don’t matter. Firstly, I’m sorry for Americans watching this, I don’t follow the imperial measurement system, so that’s one annoyance I have already. I didn’t grow up in a time, where we used imperial measurements in Australia, so so I have to convert what you say to metric, otherwise it makes no sense to me. I don’t know how much a pound weighs, I don’t know how much an inch is or foot is. So I can figure it out, but it doesn’t mean anything to me. Secondly, what you are providing me, doesn’t really matter in any way. Now I get it is a courtesy thing, where you are being safe and you’re asking about… I’m providing measurements as a benchmark to know where I’m at. But it still doesn’t affect anything I’d advise you. You could tell me your shoe size. And I still won’t change my advice. That’s how meaningless these stats are. Your age, your height, and especially your weight, it has absolutely no influence on what draw weight you use, or what bow you use. I get this all the time, and people say this as if it means something. I’m not sure if you’re humble bragging or you’re actually concerned about the weight you draw. But your body weight doesn’t affect anything in archery. So when people tell me this, and say “I weigh bla blah pounds.” I’m not sure what to make of it, because I’m still going to give you the same advice as every other person who asks the same question. And to make this even more annoying, there are sites and tables and charts, which actually do recommend particular draw weights based on your body type and your weight, or a general statement like: “If you are an adult with an average strength, then you should use a 35 pound bow. If you are an adult female with below average strength, then use…” This doesn’t make any sense! The bow you use, is not based on your weight, or your age, or your gender necessarily. There are general rules and guidelines that these charts aren’t saying the right thing, because the problem with these tables and these recommendations, is that people will slot themselves into what they think is the right category. You might think “Okay, well I’m athletic, so I am an adult male with above average strength.” And what ends up happening, is that you put yourself in this archetype, this pigeon hole, this category, where you don’t want to be labelled as something else like a weakling or a wimp. So you say I’m average or above average, and therefore I’ll get a 50 pound bow. And what happens is that, you find out very quickly you can’t use it. And the reality is that, archery uses muscles you don’t normally use. So even if you are an athletic person, it’s likely you haven’t built up the right muscles. You can’t use the bow you just bought. Really, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, or how strong you claim to be. I’m still going to recommend the same draw weights 20 to 30 pounds. Preferably lower, because archery is not about strength, I’ve done so many videos on draw weight egos and people making this mistake. It’s not about strength, it’s not about showing off how much you can lift, or pull in this case. It’s not a competition. Your draw weight is purely based on what you can comfortably handle, because archery is a technique sport, it’s a form sport. And you can only learn good form on a lighter controllable weight. Only when you have a grasp of the basics and good technique and have built up some conditioning can you make the jump to a higher draw weight. But don’t get this idea in your head, where you are strong, therefore you must use a heavy bow. It just doesn’t work that way. The reason why a lot of people, including myself, recommend a 30 pound bow for your first bow, is because it’s a tradeoff between light controllable weight, and enough power to have some fun, and do some mid range shooting. That’s ok. But it doesn’t mean everybody can use one, and the reality is – a lot of adults can’t pull a 30 pound bow back. It seems discouraging to some people, especially if you’re a naturally strong guy. But having taught hundreds of people, young and old, 30 pounds is pushing the average person, they can barely control the bow. Now after some time of practice and conditioning, yes, it’s easily achievable. 30 pounds is well within the capacity of most people young and old. But it takes time to get to. Now, if you start too high, too soon, then you won’t get there, that’s the reality. You start too low, you can always move up. But I say 30 pounds and no more, because I’ve seen so many people struggle on a higher draw weight, just because their extra 5 pounds or 10 pounds stroke their ego and they think “yes I can handle it.” But they shoot like crap. Back to the point, however, these measurements, that you tell me, your age, your height, and especially your weight, they don’t determine what you can handle. You can be a very heavy person, but be very unfit. You can be a very skinny person, but be very well toned. But either way, I don’t care how tall you are, how heavy you are, or how strong you are, I’m still going to give the same draw weight recommendations. 20 to 30 pounds preferrably on the lower side. So understand that, if you’re giving me these numbers and you’re asking for a draw weight, I’m going to pretty much copy-paste the same response – 20 to 30 pounds. I might be slightly annoyed because people keep shoving these figures in my face, saying: “Here’s my height, here’s my weight, what’s my draw weight?” Because I don’t calculate draw weight based on any of these factors. I ignore the fact that you might be a strong adult male. There are exceptions, people, who are long term swimmers for example or rowers might have the capacity already to use a heavy bow. I still don’t recommend it, but if you want to use it, you probably can, but the fact is if you want specifically want to use a 45 pound or 55 pound bow, then you probably don’t need to ask me, you’re going to ignore my advice anyway, so I’m always going to give you the advice that’s suitable for the lower end of people, or the average person. I don’t assume you’re exceptional, and it would be a mistake for me to say because you weigh 70 kilograms, you can use a 50 pound bow. It doesn’t work that way. So just understand, it’s one of my annoyances that people ask me questions, and I love taking questions. But this is a very frequently seen thing, and I just want you to understand, that your weight doesn’t determine what you can and can’t do, especially in archery. You can see skinny people shoot heavy bows, you see heavier people shoot light bows, it doesn’t matter. It’s all based on skill and confidence and experience, and not your weight. So the question for today is: What draw weight did you start with? And why did you choose that? Post your comments below. This is NU Sensei, bringing you another archery annoyance.

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  1. I started from 42 pounds, as that was the used bows draw weigh i brougth. Why did i keep using that, because my coach said "it does not seem to slow you down" so i got used to it. I know, that was bad advice from my coach but it was my bow and there was no turning back from that, as Hoyt Pro medalist limbs are not made anymore or they are barely avaivable.

  2. I started with 32# limbs, which at my DL of 29.5" is about 36#.

    I'm kind of sorry I did. I wish I had started lighter, but it's not so bad, I'm taking it slow till I build up strength.

  3. I started my archery at a community center club, I decided to try out all 4 weights from 20-28 (2 lb increments) and when I purchased my first bow, it was a 24# because that was the weight I felt most comfortable with and allowed me to shoot for hours at a time without feeling fatigued. though now its been a year I'm thinking of going up. from my experience, there really is no way to determine what draw weight is best for someone until they try them out. I think my approach of going to a club or program and trying everything at least for 2 rounds each is the best way to judge which draw weight you should use.

  4. Hi Nusensi, what you said regarding draw weight is correct. My first limbs were 26lb draw weight and they were a good starting point. Height however is useful number when determining the size of the riser and the length of the limbs, as draw length becomes a factor. unless the person asking is unusually proportioned I'd want to know their height before advising on limb length, riser size and arrow length

  5. I was try so hard to tell this to my bother in law and he got a 50 pound bow aND he shakes evey time he firers

  6. started at 24lbs worked with a coach. increased by two lbs every 3 months shooting daily 100+
    now shooting 50lbs with ease whilst maintaining form.

  7. I started with 25 pounds alongside my girlfriend a few months back, really glad we started with a low weight because my back is pretty messed up and probably can't handle too much more.

  8. Hey NuSensei i wan't to buy a new bow, what poundage do i need to get? I'm 1,80 cm and 70kg.

    Just joking, nice video as always. Keep it up!

  9. I started at my local club with a 24 pound bow, only because everyone uses the club's bow during the first month of training. After that while I was saving to get my own bow, I rented a 28 pound bow for another month.

    After that I got my own bow, and it has 36 pound limbs, and given my draw I take around 40 pounds out of it. Fortunately I did a lot of swimming and could handle it just fine, but it is harder to practice the form with it.

  10. but come on, you are telling us your draw length in inches and the roads are measured in kilometres in Oz, Tasmania and NZ- I can do both and it is bloody easy – inches multiplied by 2.5 gives you the centimetres and feet multiplied by 3 is the metres :o)

  11. My DL is 29.5" and I started my archery at local club with their 70" bow. It was marked as 26# and used this bow for 3 months. First bow I owned was present from friend who changed from Olympic to Compound and it came with 30# limbs, after few practices I noticed that I can't control it so I purchased 26# limbs and used them for additional 6 months. Returning to 30# after that was fantastic. Feel on using it was perfect. Unfortunately I had accident with 30# limbs after only 2 months of usage (upper limb snapped-delaminate while I was ad full DL) so I change to 36# limbs I bought couple of months earlier as great deal in my club. This change came way too fast but at that moment I did not have possibility to invest additional money. It took me more than 4 months to gain that feeling and confidence I had with 30#. Now I already have next 40# limbs, another fantastic deal 🙂 but they will wait at least additional half year. Don't get me wrong I did try them but they did not feel good but I am confident they will.

  12. I started with a cheap 25 lb "leisure bow" from Amazon for garden shooting. When I got more into it, I went to a local archery shop for a better bow, and tried shooting a 26 lb bow first and found it really easy to draw. The guy advised that it should feel like you're doing something so I tried a 30 and felt it was right for me at that time. I'm now using 34 lb limbs and actual draw weight is around 37 lbs at the fingers.

  13. Hey I'm 5'9, favorite color is blue and I drive a honda. What draw weight should I use??

    Jk. Really enjoying these videos. Keep it up! I started with a 20lb bow at a local club and slowly went up to a 35lb recurve. Really enjoying my time with it.

  14. Fun vid there, I understand your frustration had a guy at my club get a 50lb compound, he said he would just stick with it even though everyone was telling him to start lower. The guy had such an ego, half way through the session he released too early because he was tired, pulled a muscle and blamed his early release on the noise and blamed everyone but himself. Thankfully he never returned I started on 25lb recurve and now comfortably pull 35 after about a year and I have stuck with that. And I started that low because like you said it was to learn correct form.

  15. Height is really only important in that you might have a shorter draw. So perhaps you would not recommend a short bow (Like some traditional reflex bows) to someone very much over the 2 meter mark.

  16. Started on a 32 pound Recurve.. this was mostly because on from my local Club was selling his and that was a 32 pound.. so i got a good deal on a bow, with stabalisers and arrows 🙂
    and i could feel that was just on the heavy side to begin with..

  17. 100% true, I'm a 6ft tall man and I'm using a 24lb bow because I've been shooting a month. And then there's young short girls like Choi Misun who are pulling 40lb bows. I'm going down the decent riser, cheap limbs route. So even if I need stronger limbs in a few months it wont matter.

  18. I started out with 33 pouds on my fingers and 28 limbs becouse my trainer said I schould and it worked out great fot me

  19. I was going to get a higher poundage bow, 45-55 but on recommendations from your previous videos I went with 35, and I'm so glad I did. 35 is perfect for me, has the speed and power i was looking for and isn't hard to pull, I've gone over an hour without feeling tired. A late thank you for your videos, without them I probably would have wasted $300 so keep it up man

  20. To heavy, too soon = injuries. Ask your coach, local club or archery store. I literally had to be measured up, fingertip to fingertip to have my draw length calculated for my compound. My recurve was measured on a test bow and arrow at a low weight.

  21. I started on club bows. Original wooden take down was about 16lbs I think, meant for school kids, moved up to 24lb after a few months. I stuck with that for about 1.5 – 2yr and only moved up to 30lbs so i could get past 50yrds. With our indoor season back on I've gone back to my 24lb limbs.
    I can actually understand telling you height since it can have a large impact. One of the archers at my club is well over 6' and was using a 68" bow with 36lb limbs which gave him a draw weight of over 50lbs.

  22. What is all this nonsense about a 30# bow?  What happened to the metric measurement since you don't understand non-metric measurements?  Maybe you should recommend a 15 kg bow.

  23. I started with 38lbs, because a longbow shooter at work thought that was right for me…then I bought 30lbs because 38lbs was to much, and shot them at 28lbs until last week when I turned it up to 30lbs. I still shoot the old bow with 38lbs limbs as barebow just for fun and recreation, don´t aim long time just draw aim and shoot. 🙂

  24. Started (and still using) 28# , probably more because of draw length. It felt comfortable, tried different limbs at the indoor range of the shop I bought the bow 🙂

  25. I started with 38# limbs but those were a bit too heavy for me so I switched to 34# limbs for my first few months. Now I have 36# limbs which gives me about the same 44# on fingers in my current setup, which is about the same as my old 38# limbs did.

    I have been shooting way too little now in past couple of months (once or twice per month) and it really shows. When I practiced three four times a week, I had no trouble shooting 150 or more arrows in a day with my relatively heavy bow. Now that I haven't have time to shoot, I'm practically finished after 50 arrows.

  26. I started with 40-50 pound compound bow because they are easier to hold at full draw and control than recurve bows so I can go with a slightly higher draw weight and its probably going to be my only bow for a while so I don't have the choice of starting out with a low poundage and get a higher poundage bow later.
    I struggled to draw it even once at first partly because of the cam design. it had spiral cams which are known to punish bad form and its weight peaks quickly with a small valley so I shot recurve with club equipment for a few weeks and now I can shoot 40 arrows without feeling fatigue with the compound but still have to work on it. So if you can start with a low poundage bow and move up to a higher poundage one judging by my experience i would highly recommend it

  27. Starting on a 22# bow was the best decision I made – it was light enough that I could shoot for hours without getting fatigued, and I was still able to make it to 50m when I got my technique in.

  28. On my current bow (37 lbs measured draw weight) I sometimes feel like the string is cutting into my fingers after shooting several rounds. I'm using a Soma tab which has two layers (soft leather and suede) but quite honestly it doesn't feel that well made. Do you think a better one would help?

  29. So, I have been shooting bows for around 2,5 years now. Just for reference – I'm no youngling at 32 years.

    A local archery store had a bow rental program where you could exchange limbs at will, so I started at 20# (I'm drawing around 28,5"). Back in the day I wasn't very fit either. After 1 month of shooting 100+ arrows three times a week I switched to 24# and it was OK.

    After a further 4 months the archery store didn't have 28# or 26# limbs at hand so they gave me 30#. With this huge jump I was seriously overbowed and was struggling to control the shots for the first month – I still stuck with the draw weight since I had already chosen my dream bow that I would like to purchase (a Win&Win RCX 17, now called Black Wolf) and it started at 35#.

    I think after 7 or 8 months total I did finally get my Win&Win RCX 17" and it turned out I was pulling 38# at the fingers with it. I have to admit, it was a far too big jump and it took me months to adjust. So far I have stuck with this draw weight although I'm eyeing upping it next season. I still don't know if I'll do it – I'm a traditional barebow shooter and after 3-4 hours at a 3D parcours I'm getting exhausted and my accuracy plummets. Annoyingly the hardest targets are usually placed at the end of such parcours…

    Still, I noticed that especially in traditional archery circles there seems to be a lot of poundage-machismo going on. People won't even try shooting anything below 45# and I've seen guys with 60#. The funny thing is – some of them have been shooting those bows for, dunno, 10+ years and I am still more accurate than 90% of the people I'm visiting the parcours with. Although I'm by no means an expert, I can immediately see all the problems they have with their form.

  30. can I shoot the Martin Jaguar (strictly right handed model), when i'm left eye dominant with the eastern technique?

  31. Average height, build, weight, fitness. Started with a 68" 22lbs recurve at our club. Moved up to my own 70" 30lbs bow about 3 months later but only because a second hand one came up for sale through the club that fitted my requirements nicely. A year on and i'm just starting to think about upping those limbs to 36 – probably early next year. Keep the poundage low and get the form right! Absolutely key.

  32. I think I remember from watching one of your older videos you mentioning something like this before and I think it's great advice. I personally loved attending the introductory sessions at my local club and using a bunch of different low pound club recurves to see what I felt comfortable with before purchasing my first bow. Shooting my bow close to everyday, and about four to five months into archery, has gotten me to the point where I can relatively comfortably shoot my 30 pound bow for about 150-200 arrows. Have seen some others at the club with about the same experience as me go for a much higher poundage, and sure they shoot decently for the first few quivers, but I quickly begin out-shooting them from keeping good form.

  33. Nu! You say you don't understand imp measures and only use metric? I've never heard you, or anyone else, say draw weight, draw length, or arrow length in anything other than pounds and inches.:)

  34. For my new and first Olympic Style bow (SF Axiom +, and limbs), I went with 24 pounds. I did this mainly because I've been watching videos from this channel (thanks NuSensei!) and researching what I could about draw weight and draw length.

    As a new archer, from Darwin – a very small city. I don't have the luxury of consulting pro shops or people well versed in Olympic style archery. The archery theme in Darwin is bowhunting. Which means compounds are king and not many people shoot recurve. My club does not have instructors, just helpful seniors, so I've been consulting some of them.

    I've been told various things like I should start between 20-25 pounds and if I can't hold it for 30 seconds, it's too heavy. Videos like NuSensai's have recommended that I don't go higher than thirty. And I will admit I have actually used website tables that suggest that a person of my age should use a bow between 20-28 pounds. I have also been regularly using a rental bow of about 26 pounds at my club – although I shake when I use it.

    Taken all this information on board, I went with 24 pounds because it's about the mid range of what everyone has been advising me, and because I know that 26 pounds is also a little challenging, so I played it safe. So far I am very happy with my draw weight – I feel I made a good starter choice and can always go up if I need to. At the moment my brace height is 8.5 inches. I've been told that bow is probably pulling about 25 pounds, and that's fine with me.

    I will admit, ego is something I had to be aware of. I was considering 28 pounds, and I know now that would likely have been the wrong choice.

  35. i started at 16# but that was because i was at the time 11 now im 13 and comfortably shooting 28#. Thinking of going up anyone know what to (i think 30#/32# would be best)

  36. Perhaps a better question is what draw weight should I be looking at if I'm not doing sporting archery. IE if the draw weight needed to bring down small, medium, or large game. Or perhaps distance and power without having to factor arc like I need a bow that will clear 200 yards in direct flight while maintaining lethal velocity.

  37. (olympic recurve)
    I started with 16 lb. in the tutorial and began to shoot with 20 lb. i could handle that draw weight very well, but one time in the first months i had some severe back pain, which had to be treated with massages (only a muscle issue). I recovered fast and continued to shoot 2 weeks later. A few months later i could shoot for hours without any symptoms of fatigue … so i moved up in draw weight to 28lb. (unfortunately there were no 24 or 26 lb for rent at the moment) The gap was quite big and i could not shoot more than 30 minutes (i would not recommend this much).
    Now, shooting for about one year (at least 3 times a week) i draw 32lb. I plan to buy my first own limbs at 36 lb in the next year. I was always able to score quite good on tournaments, with each draw weight. I was only limited on the range not on accuracy 🙂

  38. I started at 20# because that what was advised by the range instructors when I started, and recently I'm working with them to move from 25# to 27# to start getting ready for longer ranges. If you're going to be practicing at a range anyway, you should talk to the instructors or seasoned archers there. They'll usually have rentals to try, and will most likely be willing to help you figure out where you should start.

  39. When I held my first bow, I had trouble pulling 20lbs…. but went with lower weight perfecting technique and going up gradually over 3 1/2 years time and now am comfortable in 40lbs.

  40. Hey NuSensei, I'm looking for a bow (preferably a recurve) to put on my Christmas wishlist, I can pull about 35lbs and have a draw length of 30 inches. Is there a bow that comes to mind?
    Thank you.

  41. I started with a 22# club bow, they recomendet a 24# bow that I used for about a year, then got my own bow that is 26# and I can use it well enough. I shoot it as barebone, but i nice grouping. Mostly lowest 24 points per round of 3 arrows.

  42. Lol, people keep trying to make me get a heavier bow because I stand 2m tall, weight around 150kg and, granted, have deadlift over 250kg. Still, despite being a powerlifter and doing a bit of Strongman, my first recurve bow is going to have a 20 lbs draw weight as form is my initial concern and I'd like to be able to fire as many arrows as possible without worrying about fatigue. I'll likely get some heavier limbs later on and have shot 60 lbs compound bows just fine, but want something fun to shoot to start out.

  43. Love these videos. Saddened this was the last one.
    As to keep this discussion alive: The first bow I bought was 24lbs, however the club I joined advised me to learn with a 16 lbs first just for technique. I was a fast learner, moved up to my own 24lbs after a few weeks.
    Have been shooting with that bow for about half a year. Recently decided to buy a new bow, moved up to 28 lbs.
    If I were comparing to some of the things I hear and draw weight that are still being boasted about in several places that's low, however I feel its perfectly comfortable for me.

  44. Isn't it true that heavier people are also stronger? At one of my last jobs there was a woman who was not even half my weight, and she struggled to move heavy pallets using a pumptruck. For me, moving those pallets was no problem. I'm stronger because I need that strength due to my weight. So from that point of view, it is a safe bet that I could handle a much heavier draw weight than she could. But anyway, I'm gonna start low.

  45. I honestly don't know. I just tapered a 28mm inner diameter 1.5 meters long Aquatherm PVC pipe and strung it with fishing line.

    If it was a SCH-40 PVC it would be arround 45 pounds but I guess Aquatherm isn't that thick, so maybe I'm starting with a 30 or 25 pounds longbow.

  46. Hi im 16 years old 182 pounds and 5'1 what would be my type of bow I should get? Oh im also a dude with hair.

  47. But…but… I found out that the fatter I've become the most uncomfortable is to shoot a bow as the string always pinches at my nipple lol

  48. I can comfortably handle 25 to 30 pounds 28 seems to be perfect for me but that was me using a compound since i want to switch over to recurve i may have to start at 25 im not sure yet I'm going to try the 28 first. Since the bow i want is a take down recurve I can just get limbs at a lower draw weight if it dosnt work for me.

  49. yeah so I just did this a few days ago omg I wish I would have seen this first I sent him a message and he was kind enough to reply to me but I hit just about everything he talked about lmao I feel like a dummy now I even hit him with the imperial system dammit!

  50. NUSensei, your videos have been massively helpful for me to determine what bow i would like to buy and what draw weight i would like to get. I use to shoot bows when i was young but haven't shot one in many years. I want to get back into it for hunting and exercise. I've been looking into the Samick Sage because it would be a good entry level bow for me to practice again and work my way up to a larger draw weight for hunting.

  51. Passed the beginers course a few weeks ago. Set up with a actual measured draw weight of 23.5 pounds. 26/28pound limbs recurve bow with the screw ajusted to the bottom of the range. This is plenty for a beginner as it gives you the time to work on form without been rushed.

  52. Do not assume high draw weights are only about ego. In my case it's about challenging myself. When I set the bar too low I find I'm not enjoying the activity. I bought a 40-pound bow as my first because, well, I of course didn't know what I was doing, but also because I wanted something that would match (and challenge) my physical strength. What appeals to me in archery is the combination of precision and power. Sure, a lower draw weight would make it easy to achieve high precision, but for me at least, that's just one ingredient. Merely having arrows lightly strike a precise point on a target does not satisfy, it is the recoil, the energy and noise with which the arrow strikes the target and how well it's stuck in it that lets me enjoy the shot. High draw weights don't help me shoot any better, sure, but they do help me enjoy the shooting much more.
    Sure, a lighter bow would have been nice for the beginning, but I don't want to buy a lot of bows. At first it was too heavy for me, I could only shoot several series, but I developed the required muscles very quickly and can now shoot all day. Also, I'm not merely plinking with it, I'm analysing my form and technique and improving it, so I don't think the high draw weight is much of a detriment. On the contrary, it might even contribute, as any errors and imperfections would show more clearly. It would be possible for me to draw and hold a lighter bow totally wrong all day, with my heavy bow I'm forced to do it right or not do it at all.
    So in conclusion, had I known your channel then, I might have well been one of the people providing what they consider relevant information and asking how much of a draw weight they can handle. Your annoyance probably stems from the misunderstanding of this question.They are not asking what is a proper draw weight for a beginner, they're asking what they can handle. I understand that the information provided is irrelevant for your opinion on beginning archery, but they're actually asking something else.

  53. I agree with this video. I started on a 35 pound draw weight bow because it was recommended to me and it was too heavy. After 1.5 months I am still struggling to get /maintain form. Taking it slow

  54. I live in Oklahoma where the minimum draw weight is 45 lbs. I Would like to get into traditional bow hunting. What type of bow would you recommend?

  55. I started with an 18 Pound "Horsebow" when I was 7 Years old and got myself a 30 Pound Barebow Recurve when I was 12. Still, use It today (Male, 16, shoe size 40, Toe length 1,2 cm)

  56. How to make the progression from a beginner's bow to one with more pounds?
    And how to determine how many pounds your bow should be at the end?

  57. Hello NUSensei,

    I have been watching your channel for a while now, and i am a compound shooter(looser). Just wondering if you know any really good channels for learning on a compound bow. I understand and appreciate that you are specialized in recurve and Olympic style shooting, but there are some things that are specific to compounds, and i would like to know more of them them to improve my archery skills.

    Thank you for the quality content!


  58. NUSensei, you are what we call stressed-out. You need to chill; Your aggressiveness towards everyday folk perhaps needs attention.

  59. Started with a win & win nano bare bow… super glad I started with 28 pound limbs! I’m 57 and they are perfect for me! Went with a 25” riser and medium limbs….

  60. You
    You are so right. As a new archer, I used a chart (bad move) and got 36 lb limbs. Although I am fit and tall, I could immediately feel I didn’t have the control I wanted to work on form. After 1 practice I ordered 25 lb. limbs. Working happily with them now for a few months.

  61. 0.45 "I don't know what a pound weighs." But you talk about draw weight in pounds? Errr… Yeah, okay. Just divide a 30lb draw by 30 and you should be somewhere close. Anyway, thanks for the video. From a very overweight 59 year old pom bloke who's been shooting for less than a year, and who is just getting to grips with a 26lb draw weight on a 66" recurve. To be honest, I figured out a few months ago that the excess weight gives me a low centre of gravity and that gives me quite an advantage over the skinny kids at the club. 🙂

  62. I started with 36lbs (literally ~10 days ago!!)cuz the guy at my local sporting goods store thought it was okay for me since I look “pretty built” in my upper body.

    I actually moved it down to 28-30 lbs a week later so I can properly work on my form and stop dicking around haha!!

    I might even lower it to 25 but for sure it’s fun to be able to go at short to mid range lanes. 🙂

  63. I just bought my first bow. I have some experience shooting, not a ton, but I know enough that I don't feel lost, confused, or awkward on the line.

    I shoot for a living history/reenactment group. While we do allow modern materials, and even takedown recurves (because people come to us from other disciplines, presumably) it's all bare bow, wood shafted and natural fletched. The last time I shot for one of our competitions, I was loaned a 35lb recurve, it felt like nothing, but at longer ranges, it had issues penetrating the targets (some sort of vinyl or latex with the target image painted on).

    So when I finally got my own bow, I picked a 45lb horsebow. I've used one similar to it before, and loved everything about it. It seems I'm a little shakey with 45lbs now, it's been a few years since I've shot regularly.

    I regret not going with lighter, but come summer, I'm sure I'd regret not being able to score on the longer distance targets if I had. Guess I'll spend time on conditioning over the winter.

  64. Wait, you're Aussie too???
    I just started watching you and for some strange reason just figured you were from the USA.
    Alot I've watched seem to be, not sure I've watched other Aussies. 🤔

  65. I bought a used W&W recurve with short limbs and high draw weight that noone wanted on Ebay, because it was described as a women's bow (25' riser, carbon stabilizers, sight, clicker and a box of parts, tools, tabs,..).
    bought 22lbs 70' limbs for it and the longer string. Best buy ever!

  66. I started on a 28# bow and it worked fine for me but I'm also a semi competitive downhill mountain biker. I think the two sports do have some overlap in terms of muscles and strength.

  67. I started with a homemade bow of about 20# draw weight at my 26" draw. I broke it recently by doing something unwise. Now courtesy of my kids for my birthday, I have a 25# Samick Recurve Takedown,, as I have been shooting the same bow at the range comfortably.With my short draw, I will be drawing about 22.5#. Oh, I am 70 years old, 1.78m tall and weigh 91kg, and I don't have to impress anyone with my draw weight. Thanks for all the advice you have given me through your videos. 🙂

  68. My first bow was a 20 pound pull Bear fiberglass recurve. Forty years later shooting 30 pound recurve and 35 pound compound.

  69. Dear NuSensei, I resent you calling me out on youtube, sincerely — A. McArcherface

  70. I'm a big strong guy, I used to shoot a 70lb longbow 15 years ago.

    I came back to archery last year. I started with a 28lb recurve and that was as much as I could handle initially. Sure, two weeks in I was ready for a bit more, and by the end of a year I was shooting 1000 arrows a week and up to 48lbs.

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