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|15 to 25 lbs.
- Sturdy, virtually indestructible build
- Inexpensive starter bow
- Very forgiving of poor techniqueable
- No draw weights above 25#
- No bow stringer included
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Hey there, and welcome to my review of the PSE Club. Each package delivered by PSE includes the following items:
- The PSE Club Bow
- Dacron B-50 Bow String
- Assembly Hardware and Tools
- Owner’s Manual
- Warranty card
Assembling The PSE Club
There is no assembly required for the PSE Club; it comes pre-strung right out of the box, so all you have to do is start shooting. I typically recommend storing a bow unstrung, though, so it will be important to learn how to take down the bow when storing it for more than a few days. Luckily, this is pretty easy, and the bow comes apart into 3 separate pieces—the two limbs, the riser, and the string. Okay, that’s four pieces, but who’s counting?
My biggest beef, with most bows, is that they don’t come with a bow stringer. Not only is stringing or unstringing your bow without a bow stringer dangerous, it voids your warranty. Invest in a bow stringer when you purchase your bow. You’ll thank me later.
How Powerful and Accurate is the Club?
The Club is not a very powerful bow, since it only comes in draw weights up to 25#. This bow is designed primarily for target shooting, and is not useful at all for hunting or anything other than target archery. The bow is available in draw weights from 15# to 25#, in 5# increments, and is a pretty lightweight bow.
With that said, this bow definitely has accuracy on its side. The PSE Club is the perfect introduction to target archery, because it is very forgiving of poor technique and stance. I was able to nail half-inch groupings with the Club from 25 yards, and 1” groupings from 40 yards. Much further than 40 yards, though, the bow just doesn’t have the power to propel the arrow to the target.
Is The Bow Suitable For Hunting?
In most states, the legal requirements for deer hunting with a bow are that the bow have a draw strength of at least 40#. Since the PSE Club is only available up to 25#, you won’t be able to use this bow for deer hunting purposes. However, the bow is certainly suitable for hunting small game, such as rabbit, squirrel, or even groundhog. This assumes your Club is of the 25# variety, since anything less than that will likely lack the power to ethically hunt even the smallest of game.
Is The Bow Suitable For Beginners?
With its nearly indestructible composite construction and excellent forgiveness of poor stance and technique, the PSE Club is perfectly suited for beginning archers. It is also inexpensive enough that it is not a huge investment for a hobby that may not become a regular passion. The PSE Club is so well-suited for beginners, in fact, that many Scout troops and youth programs purchase this bow for their archery programs.
Does the PSE Club Accept Accessories?
This bow is designed for Olympic style shooting, so it’s predrilled for sights and stabilizer bars. I prefer instinctive shooting, but the arrow rest isn’t really designed for that. For beginners, though, learning to shoot with a sight and other accessories is ideal, so the bow is easy to set up with the latest in technology.
Arrows For The Bow
You can use virtually any arrows you want with the PSE Club, as long as they suit your personal shooting preferences. For complete guidance on selecting arrows to go along with your bow, be sure to check out our excellent guide on the subject.
Is This Bow Comfortable To Hold?
The PSE Club is lightweight and designed with the beginning archer in mind, so it is fairly easy to hold. My children were able to shoot these bows all day long without getting tired, because of the ergonomically-designed riser and the light weight of the bow. There is almost no hand shock and very little vibration from the bow, making for very comfortable shooting.
Materials And Durability (Riser, Limbs)
The PSE Club is made from virtually indestructible composite parts, all the way from the riser to the limbs. It is lightweight, but sturdy, and has lasted our family for years of shooting. As long as you take proper care of the bow and unstring it when you’re going to leave it stored for a long time, you should not see any limb twist or warping. As far as that goes, the bow comes out of the box already strung without any limb twist, so you might even be able to leave it strung all the time. I wouldn’t, though, because that’s a bad habit to get into, even with a bow as sturdy as this one.
What String Fits The PSE Club?
This is a beginning archery bow, so it does not feature reinforced limb tips for use with Flemish or FastFlight strings. The included Dacron B-50 string is good quality, and should last for a while. When you do need to replace the string, simply order a 64” Dacron B-50 string and you’ll be in good shape.
Is the PSE Club a Heavy Bow?
The PSE Club weighs in at around 4 pounds, so it is light enough for even children to hold for quite some time without getting fatigued. My children were able to shoot for hours without complaining about their hands cramping or arms getting tired.
How Loud Is The Club?
This bow is pretty quiet, since it’s such a lightweight bow. There is no real vibration to speak of, and almost no hand shock when you fire the bow.
Recurve Bow Review – Summary
Thanks for reading our bow review. The PSE Club is an excellent beginner’s bow, but won’t have too much use outside the archery range. It is not powerful enough for deer hunting, and is just barely suitable for small game hunting. The real purpose of this bow is to give a beginner their introduction to archery and let them learn the sport. Take a look at Today's Amazon.com price on the PSE Club if you’re interested.