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I find myself interested in learning archery (sport/target shooting, not hunting), and I don't really know where to begin. For reference sake, I'm 35, in good health but I don't work out so I'm not very strong, especially in the upper body; I figure that's going to limit my choice of bow, but hopefully the archery will help my strength as well.
I'm unsure about whether to look at a longbow, a recurve, or a compound. If I understand correctly, the compound bows are meant to take up some of the force of the bow to make it easier to draw, but it looks like they tend to be more expensive. I'd like to keep this on a reasonable budget, at least until I have an idea of whether I like it or not.
So, to any archers, I guess my questions are these:
1. What type of bow would you recommend, and if possible what manufacturer should I be looking at?
2. What accessories would you consider to be essential for a beginner?
3. Are there good online resources that you trust for information, advice, etc?
4. What advice would you give a beginner, other than "don't put your eye out"?