Use to shoot a long bow when I was 8 to 12 (before I grew), out grew my bow and couldn't afford to buy another. Did go to a couple competitions in Scouts but there wasn't an age division for me, so didn't place. I did shoot my dad's compound bow but I kept hurting my arm, plus it was to heavy for me after I injured my shoulder when I got slammed into playing lacrosse. Lots of fun, I was better at it than my brother and he hated it, his little sister can't possible be good. Never used a recurve bow before though.