If u plan to use for target archery , holding bow still very important for long range accuracy. For women i suggest 24 26 28 or 30 and for men i suggest 26 28 30 32 or 34.For kids 8 to 14 , i suggest 20 22 24 26 or 28. I suggest underbowing in this sport as u really need to hold steady. Bow does come with a string (a bonus valued at 14.95 that normally never comes with bows). The item "Galaxy crescent olympic recurve bow right handed black riser" is in sale since Saturday, February 24, 2018. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Archery\Bows\Recurve". The seller is "gacompany12" and is located in Cleveland, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.