The evolution of archery

Archery has been around since the dawn of time. Initially utilized as a hunting tool, it eventually found its way as a weapon in warfare. Nowadays, archery is considered a sport, included in most sporting events such as the SEA games or Olympics.

In a traditional sense, archery is the use of a bow to dispatch a bolt or an arrow towards an intended target. Throughout history, there have been different kinds of bows and arrows developed to suit certain needs and objectives, but the basic use essentially stays the same.

Contemporary archery – the modern bow and arrow

Advances in technology and sports science research have allowed bow manufacturers to develop the traditional bow design to improve dynamics, and ultimately maximize a bow’s potential. Modern or contemporary archery features a recurve bow that is commonly used in most archery competitions. A recurve bow features a highly mechanical body with bow sight to improve accuracy.

Though there are benefits in using a recurve bow or indulging on modern archery, it tends to be too competitive for the general archery enthusiasts. There are still people who prefer traditional archery as a form of relaxation sport.

Traditional archery – a more relaxing past time

In traditional archery, one can use a simple bow and arrow model or any of the modern recurve bow, depending on what a person has available. The key is, traditional archery has less pressure and focuses more on having fun while firing arrows away towards a target. Traditional archery tends to be less competitive, so there’s no pressure even if you keep on missing the bull-eye.

This also allows an archer to become more proficient in their own skill, even without the help of a bow sight or any other modern bow developments to increase accuracy.