Archery is becoming a more popular sport in the US but its one that flies under the radar. There are no major tv shows to boost the sport. Archery, hunting and fishing are popular with many people in New York State. Of course Long Island is best known for fishing. The fact that practice and competitions can take place at indoor archery ranges on Long Island allows the novices and experts to enjoy the sport year round.
Some of the archery clubs and practice range facilities listed above have pro-shops. You'll be able to find expert advice at these shops. Many carry the latest archery equipment including compound bows, recurve bows, long bows, arrows, targets, bow cases and accessories. Some shops will offer a try before you buy policy and professional bow tuning.
When picking up a sport like archery for the first time, its wise to consider classes. Organizations and facilities that offer classes are noted above. Most introductory classes should cover topics like stance, nocking the arrow, drawing and anchoring the bow, aiming, releasing the arrow and the follow through. Safety should be covered in any basic course for beginners.
For more helpful tips go to these articles on the web:
Getting Started in Archery
Modern Archery Equipment
You'll also find good learning tips at online forums like the Archery learning Center.