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Hey guys, this is NUSensei.

As of this video, I have over 5 million views on my channel,

most of which come from archery.

That's really cool!

Unfortunately, it also brought a lot of

extra behind-the-scenes work. Things like,

answering emails, doing YouTube comments,

handling Facebook messages, and thankfully I

don't have Twitter. That would really

suck my time. But, it's been

interesting to interact with people, help

people, and learn from people. So it's a

good experience.

Now, admittedly things have kind of quieted

down a bit over the last year or so.

Perhaps, because I've preempted most

begginer questions, and I've made videos

for that. So, people ask less, and thank more.

That's good too! Now, for the questions I

do get, something I feel kind of bad

that I can't really help some people, and

this isn't really meant to be a whinge

or complaint. This is kind of, from

my perspective, some of the problems I

have when I'm trying to help you. So, in this

video we'll go through my top 5

reasons about why I can't really help you.

I appreciate that my channel appeals to

a lot of different archers, and that's really good.

Unfortunately, I'm not a compound shooter,

and I get a lot of compound bow

questions that I can't answer.

I know enough

generally, to guide you in the right

direction, and some things overlap, but

for the most part if you ask me for very

specific, technical information, or you want

me to troubleshoot your bow,

I am NOT the best person to ask. This is

a similar problem to what you might

encounter in real life; this is

especially for your local archery store,

that might be over specialized in

compound, or recurve for hunting, or

target, and it's not enough expertise in

the field that you need, and it might

be compound. Now, the market is compound

dominated; there are far more compound

resources and materials, and generally

more people shoot compound than recurve.

So, I'm in the opposite situation here so,

I'm providing more assistance to recurve

shooters than compound shooters, but really I

just don't know enough about compound

bows to really give you proper advice. If

you're asking me about general things

like, how compounds work, and the

differences between compound and recurve,

then I can help you, but if you are

asking about differences between different

bows like the PSE Stinger X, or the

Mission Craze, or HOYT Carbon Spyder,

or you ask me about different release aids, I don't know.

Look, I don't know you. We're strangers, and

I don't mean this in a bad way but, I

literally don't know who most of you are.

So, it's really hard for me to make a

personal recommendation to you, without

knowing anything about you.

It's like if you ask me what clothing

you should buy. I don't know what you like, I

don't know what you prefer, or need. I'd just be

like, putting out random brand names and just

hoping for the best. That's a similar

thing with archery. I get some kind of really

personal preference questions, things like,

should I shoot recurve or compound. I

can't tell you that. I can tell you

what they are, and why a lot of people

like shooting them, but i can't tell you

what you should be using. So, yeah, there

are some limitations as to what I can do.

It's like, you know, if you do shoot

recurve, and you ask me, what bow should I buy?

Well, there are hundreds that I can

recommend, and without any guidance I can't

really streamline towards a good bow, because,

all the bows are mostly good. So I would

say like, a Samick Sage, or if you're shooting

compound, Diamond Infinite Edge because

these are safe buys. The bows work, you can

find them in most places. So, a lot of my

advice for this sort of thing is very

generic and vague, That's mostly because, if

I don't have much to work with

then I can't really give you much

specific advice. So, if I can't recommend a

certain movie that you would like, then I

can't really recommend a bow that you would like.

Here is a list of bows

that I recommend, that are under 100$.

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Look, I get it, you're cheap, and it may be for good reasons.

Maybe you are interested in archery, and

you're not really sure if you'll commit to

it. You want to spend the least amount

of money to try it out.

That's fair. Maybe you have a very limited

budget, you're saving for something, you

have a family, or maybe you're a college

student, or a high school student so you don't have

your own income to support your archery

interest. So, these things make sense.

But, the lower you go,

the harder it is for me to recommend

decent gear. Now, I'm not saying you need to

buy a 2000$ Olympic bow. If

you just go for a basic recurve, you don't need to

spend more than 150$,

but, if you start going below 100$, like,

there's really nothing out there that can

really serve the purpose that you need

it for. You might get youth bows for 50$,

and that might be all you want, but

that's not something I recommend because

it's not a very good archery experience. It's very

limiting, and really if you want to start archery

with the lowest possible price, think

about "Do It Yourself" projects like,

PVC bows that can cost you 10$. But,

if you're not into making your own

equipment, and you don't want to spend more than

50$ or 100$,

maybe archery isn't right for you, at this

point in time.

Alternatively, go to an archery range,

spend 20$ on a single lesson,

and they'll give you an archery fix. But in terms of

buying equipment there's really not that

much I can suggest to you, unless you

have a bit more flexibility with your budget.

Oh, and, some people have been very literal on

what I've been saying about 100$ bows. I had a

message recently where someone pointed out

"I found a PSE Razorback for 99$. Is this a cheap bow?".

No, it's not that kind of bow. The PSE

Razorback is a good bow, it's a standard,

entry level recurve. There's nothing wrong with it.

Normally, these things cost about 120$ - 180$,

and that's what I mean by the typical

standard, entry level bow, that costs

between US$100 - US$200.

So, if you can find this kind of bow,

for a cheaper price, fantastic! That's a

good deal. But, I'm not literally saying

every bow below 100$ is crap.

What I'm saying is, under $100 you

often find cheap, fibre glass, plastic like,

youth bows. Over 100$ you start

seeing the wooden recurve, which work for

anybody who just wants to get into archery.

That's the division.

So, you can get a decent bow for a better

price, but if you are looking at a decent

bow below a 100$, you're

really limited, and I can't really recommend, say

fibreglass bows as your first choice.

That's just for recurve, by the way, if

you're looking at compound, you need a

lot more than 100$. I'd say

for like, the cheapest, decent compound

bow you should budget at least

US$300 - US$400, for a

decent set of options for a first compound bow.

One of the biggest limitations is

that, I don't have access to a lot of

equipment. I don't have access to

products that people want me to review.

Sights, stabilizers, risers, limbs. I can't

get these things without spending

thousands of dollars in things I don't need.

It was only last year when I was

starting to be given some products to

review, the Samick Sage, and the OMP Adventure 2.0, but

personally, I only have one bow that I

normally use. That's the Win&Win Inno CXT

which you've seen me shoot in my Olympic videos.

So, I haven't really handled that many products

outside of the people in my club. You know, I

sometimes help out, and I've handled their

equipment. I don't have much shooting

time or any shooting time with any other

product. So, if you ask me about,

differences between the HOYT Excel, and

the HOYT Horizon, and HOYT ION X, I

don't really know, I mean even with like,

Win&Win products, you ask me how

is the WinEX? I don't know either. I can

only say from what I've seen or handled

or heard, but for the most part, I don't

have access to the products that you want me

to review, or give you advice on. I mean, you

can still ask me, but I'm probably not

going to give you a good answer,

just because i haven't used that many

bows. I am, for the most part, a self funded archer, and

I'm not going to buy 20 bows just to

review, and then use them at different days of the month.

This is the advantage that pro shops

have. There are a few pro shops that do

have YouTube channels. I recommend

channels like "Lancaster Archery Supplies"

and normal "Archery Supplies". They do

regular equipment reviews for new stock,

and new products, and they're often the

first to know about new releases, so

they're probably better sources than me.

I'm not really in the loop, I'm very

reactionary, like, when something comes out, I'm like

"Oh! It came out!", I may try it out, but

beyond that I'm not going to be the leading

edge in reviews, and I just don't have

much experience in handling things. Like

I said, you can ask me, but I'm probably

not going to be a good source.

A lot of people see me as the online coach. That's cool!

I don't really see myself as a

coach but, you know, if other people see me

as a respectable figure of authority or

information, then that's great.

Unfortunately, a lot of coaches will say the same thing here;

Archery is very personalized. I can't

really help you unless I know who you are, or

I have seen you shoot personally.

Now, of course people still ask, that's

fine, but there are two problems that

come with this. The first problem is

that often people lack the expertise or

vocabulary to accurately describe

the problem. So, it's kind of a little

vague as to what the problem actually is.

The second thing is, sometimes what you

described isn't the actual problem. Maybe

you have a preconceived notion of what you

think you're doing wrong and that can

kind of form a biased opinion or a

skewed opinion towards something.

So, I'm a little weary about giving you advice right away.

I have to assess the

sitation a bit more carefully, and the more

information I have the better. The best

information is a video form check. If you

actually give me something I can see and

watch, I can give

you more accurate feedback. It's not

perfect, but it's better than just having

text where, what you describe doesn't

match the problem. It's similar to the

whole, like, "House M.D." thing where the

patient always lies. I'm not saying that as

a student you lie to me, but sometimes

what you say masks other things,

and as a coach,

I would have to see past the

problem that you say, to identify the

real source.

Otherwise, I'm just giving you advice

that might steer you away from certain

things, but doesn't solve the actual

problem. So, yeah, unless I can actually

see you shoot, either in person, or at best

through a video, then it's sometimes just really

hard for me to give you more accurate feedback. Other

things like technical knowledge or general

advice, yeah I can share that, but yeah, your

specific shooting style, form, or technique

is yours, and I can't give you that much

training and coaching advice over the

internet without something a bit more visible.

So, that's my 5 most

likely reasons why can't help you. You can

still ask me, of course, but, you know, if I don't

know, I'll tell you I don't know.

Not because I'm being a snob, or because I

have better things to do, but if I can't

help you then,

I'm not going to pretend I can help you.

And hopefully you'll find the information elsewhere.

I'm just one source, there are many other

people you can ask, and many other videos,

channels, and websites, and blogs, and

handbooks that you can look up. But, for

the most part I can handle a lot of

things, but I might not be the best

to ask for others. So, hopefully this gives you

some more insight as to where I come from.

Feel free to continue asking questions in

my videos, or through email, or Facebook, or

through my monthly Q&A's. I'm quite happy to help out.

But there are limitations which

I admit I have. So, that's my take,

hopefully this gives you some more

perspective as to where I'm coming from,

and how you can help yourself, and help

me help you. Otherwise, this NUSensei,

thanks for watching and I'll see you next time.

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