i'm a hoyt shooter but my friend got a mathews z7 last year and i almost sold my car to buy one. haha. its the smoothest boy ive ever shot, and i shoot bow demos every year. its got a good balance between being short and being stable. the back wall is as solid as ive found and the grip sits in my palm like it was meant to be. if you're looking to spend a hair less, i'd recommend the PSE Dream Season series bows as well as the PSE Brute. theyre fairly quick but also have a higher brace height which makes them more forgiving. you really cant go wrong these days. everyone has stepped up their game considerably and im confident you'll come out ecstatic. i would definitely get a drop away rest though. absolute neccissity in my book.