I actually started archery a few months ago, I use a recurve bow because it's a great option for beginners like me. It's not too complicated and offers a nice balance between power and accuracy. I've been shooting for about three months now, and I've been loving it so far! It's such a satisfying feeling when you hit the target dead center. When it comes to avoiding string slap, one thing that helped me was making sure to keep my arm fully extended and relaxed. Also, wearing an arm guard is a total game-changer. It provides that extra layer of protection and helps prevent those painful bruises.