Saturday, August 17, 2013

Archery Equipment – Things to know when selecting your Compound Bows

Archery as a sport has a wide spread following and the number of people becoming interested in our sport is increasing! Lucky for us, archery equipment is also keeping pace with this evolution. The number of brands and variations in archery equipment and the accessories make it a bit difficult to choose, particularly when you are new to archery.

Though adequate care should be taken in selecting all components of your archery equipment, selecting the bow gains importance over others.

Choosing your Compound Bow

Since all of us are unique individuals, choosing a bow also is also a personal thing. The highly experienced bow hunters and archers would vary in opinion when it comes to the best bow for their use. The selection itself is very wide for bows and the accessories are perhaps limitless. In picking the right bow for you, some of the attributes you look for in a pair of shoes can be applied. These attributes are fit, quality, durability, the ease to use. The vast selection of archery equipment available lends itself to a buyer’s market. Therefore, your attempt should be to try out several bows you can possibly do before making a final choice. Your accuracy and the ability to relax during the shooting exercise will depend on obtaining a bow which is comfortable on your hands and sets up correctly to your style of shooting and body type. The bow is your investment and the last thing you expect from your archery equipment is the feeling of lose of confidence in your ability itself or the equipment.
The dominant eye
Effective employment of your compound bows will also depend on identifying which of your eyes is more dominant over the other. Generally, right handers will have their right eye dominant and the left handers have a left eye dominance. Rarely though there may be instances where the opposite eye is dominant. This is relevant while deciding whether you pick up a right hand or left hand bow. To determine the correct position, you can look at a distant object with both eyes. After fixing the point with your finger, close the left eye and if the finger continues to point at the target precisely, you can safely conclude yourself to be an individual with right eye dominance. Conversely, if your finger is not in alignment with the chosen object, you are left eye dominant.
As in the case of all professional sports equipment, the brand or the manufacturer plays an important role in selecting your archery equipment too. When the bow you select, comes from a company with an impeccable reputation, you are confident that they will stand behind their product at all times. If the manufacturer is offering customer support, that should weigh as an additional point of consideration.  A guarantee on the bow that you decide to buy as part of your archery equipment is an essential ingredient of the transaction and not an option. Most of the high end compound bows come with a life time guarantee, with a rider that you continue to remain the owner.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Flying Arrow Archery: Toxic Broadheads

We just got the new Toxic Broadheads in and started shipping them last week.  The response has been surprisingly overwhelming!  I will admit, when I first saw this broadhead advertised, I was a bit skeptical.  But then I talked to the owner, Chris Rager.  Mr. Rager has a lot of experience with archery accessories as the former owner of Trophy Ridge and Rocket Broadheads!  When he started thinking about a revolutionary new broadhead design he already had the advantage of knowing what bowhunters wanted: – a broadhead that would fly straight and create the most hemorrhage in an effort to harvest an animal as quickly and humanely as possible.
Most bowhunters know the reasons that fixed blade broadheads have such a following: they are typically low profile and durable.  But mechanical broadheads seem to fly so much better.  
The Toxic broadhead just might be the perfect blend of both worlds.  It flies as straight and quiet as a field tip, it has great penetration, and it has reduced wind drag for making those tricky shots count when the weather conditions aren’t always cooperating. It’s low profile to reduces the chance of making contact with bone, it has over 4.7 inches of cutting surface making it second to none in its category, and most of all, it has no moving parts, set screws, clips, O-rings or rubber bands.  The fewer moving parts the better!
The Toxic broadhead is a true 'coring' broadhead.  Watch their video of the water jug test...and see for yourself why 4.7 inches of cutting surface just might be more important than cutting diameter. 

All Broadheads, including Toxic Broadheads, are priced right and ship for only 99 cents/item at!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Genesis Bows - The Best Of Everthing!

I think there are several reasons that more youth are interested in our sport of archery than ever before.  The National Archery in The Schools (NASP) program is probably one of the biggest reasons.  I love the Genesis bow and that is what they use in the NASP program.  The Genesis Bows function similar to a recurve in that the weight 'stacks' so the further you pull the bow back, the more weight you are pulling back. This makes it easier for two kids to share the bow or an adult and a child.  The Genesis 'looks' like a compound which is better in the eyes of kids that have a parent that shoots a compound bow.
If you are a beginner in the sport of archery or you have a child that is, I think there a couple of important things to keep in mind.  The goal is that every shot is consistently executed.  But more than that, the goal should be that it is executed with correct form.  I like to start with foot placement or ‘stance.’  The way you stand when you shoot your bow,  will become a habit.  This is why I think it is an important place to start.  If you don’t, you might have a habit that isn’t a good one.  I like to see a shooter stand with their feet shoulder width apart and with their toes pointing at a ninty- degree angle from the target.  I think this stance encourages the correct upper body position when shooting. 
Next, I like to look at the bow hand and the way the shooter holds the bow and the way their hand lays in the grip.  Placement of the archer’s hand in the bow grip should happen before the bow is drawn, not while you are at full draw.  The archer, especially the young archer, should get in the habit of laying their hand on their bow grip exactly the same way for every shot.  So many things during your shot can be affected by your bow hand.  Here is the way I like to explain the way your bow hand should interact with your bow grip to archers, young and old!  Straddle your bow grip where your thumb and forefinger act as your legs would on a motorcycle.  Then, just gently lay your hand down. 
That is the first part of my lesson for begging archery and helping your young archer!  Stay tuned for the more and Please send pictures of your young archers and what has helped to so we can post them on this blog!