There are three different kinds of bows: Recurve, Compound and Barebow.
- Recurve: The only type of bow allowed in Olympic competitions. Its limbs curve away from the archer. It is also called Classic Bow.
- Compound: This bow has pulleys and cables to make the holding weight less than half of the draw weight.
- Barebow: This is a recurve bow without a mechanical sight or stabilizers.
Arrows in the classic bow events can travel in excess of 150 miles per hour. They are made of either aluminium or carbon graphite. Aluminium arrows are more uniform in weight and shape, while graphite arrows fly faster.