Originally Posted by Jason Zimmerman
Yes in traditional archery equipment wonít buy you accuracy. And there are a lot of people who spend lots of money on bows that donít fit them and that are too heavy for them to shoot properly.
There are $400 bows that will shoot as well as $1500 bows in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing.
I agree 100%. I've seen folks over-bow themselves, and also attempt using bows that simply do not fit them to include a grip that isn't really suited for their comfort--all after spending a lot of money, and forcing themselves to keep trying with the bow itself.
For me--I love the aesthetics of a beautiful bow, but have no misconception that a beautiful bow will perform, or make me a better shooter as far as accuracy. It's all in what one wants from their bow. For me I love bows such as the Norm Johnson Blacktail bows--beautiful, and good performers. However--with what they cost would I expect that just because the bow is pretty, and cost a lot--will it make me a better shooter? The answer is no. Could I get similar results as far as a good shooting bow by spending less?--Answer is yes.
It comes down to what each person desires, and wants from the sport of traditional bowhunting, or shooting.
If you truly love the sport, and desire to spend the big money on a pretty bow--by all means yes if it's within your budget. If you are limited, and perhaps desire to get a much less expensive bow that you can also shoot well--again by all means do it.
Every person will define what their expectations are with their equipment. Most people I know who would drop the big money on a nice custom recurve are already very experienced in the sport, and simply desire to have a pretty bow just because they can, and they do not have any expectation that because it's super pretty it will be some kind of magic shooting bow. I also know folks who have not spent a lot of money on a bow, and are highly satisfied with their equipment, and how well they can shoot it.
The sky is the limit with tradtional archery. It's all in what one wants to spend, and what makes them happy.
My thoughts on much of this as far as cost, and such with bows today is simple--shoot what you like, and like what you shoot. Just make sure it all fits well as far as the bow itself. Shooting equipment that does not fit well will only instill poor form, and habits. I have found those habits are extremely hard to break. Forcing yourself to try and fit yourself to too much draw weight, or a bow that's too short--bad grip feel to the bow itself is no way to make the sport fun. The sport is supposed to fun, and when huge amounts of frustration set in thats simply not a good place to be. By taking baby steps, and keeping the cost down until one gets comfortable with their shooting, and such is what I would suggest.
I've been shooting a recurve off, and on since the early 1970's, and I guess my love of doing so s because it's what I began with. Didn't spend much at all to start--just kept working hard at getting better, and it's all fun.
There is absolutely no reason to break the bank in participating in traditional archery. Now--if the bug btes you, and you get addicted to shooting traditional--well then maybe you'll find yourself wanting to break the bank on a pretty bow--believe me when I say this.