How to determine draw length and draw weight

We have made numerous references to draw length and draw weight in our previous posts but made the realization that not everyone on our platform is a pro, accept our apologies!Therefore, we have decided to expound more on this topic for the benefit of the guys just getting into archery.

By now you have noticed that whereas a traditional recurve bows allow you to draw back to almost any length, the more modern compound bowsonly allows drawing back to a pre-set distance before it stops. This is because compound bows are designed to be shot from a full draw position therefore, for you to be able to operate it at full draw, it is important to know your draw length. Getting your accurate draw length is necessary so that you can be able to shoot properly and most importantly, it is what will determine the type of compound bow you will purchase.

The two methods of determining you draw length

The first and undoubtedly the most accurate way to determine your draw length is to measure your wingspan. This is done by holding your arms straight out and measuring from fingertip to fingertip. Be sure to round off to the nearest inch.

Here is a scale to guide you:

63″ Wingspan is equal to 24″ Draw Length

64″ Wingspanis equal to 24 1/2″ Draw Length

65″ Wingspanis equal to 25″ Draw Length

66″ Wingspanis equal to 25 1/2″ Draw Length

67″ Wingspanis equal to 26″ Draw Length

68″ Wingspanis equal to 26 1/2″ Draw Length

69″ Wingspanis equal to 27″ Draw Length

70″ Wingspanis equal to 27 1/2″ Draw Length

71″ Wingspanis equal to 28″ Draw Length

72″ Wingspanis equal to 28 1/2″ Draw Length

73″ Wingspanis equal to 29″ Draw Length

74″ Wingspanis equal to 29 1/2″ Draw Length

75″ Wingspanis equal to 30″ Draw Length

76″ Wingspanis equal to 30 1/2″ Draw Length

77″ Wingspanis equal to 31″ Draw Length

The second way of determining draw length is done by making a fist with your bow hand and touching it against a wall straight out to the side of your body as if you were shooting a bow. While you stand straight, in a good shooting posture, have someone measure the distance from the wall to the corner of your mouth. Use the scale above to determine the draw length.

Determining your draw weight

When it comes to your draw weight, it will mostly depend on your stature and strength. As a recommendation, you need to start out light when shooting by choosing a weight that is easy to draw so that you can build your muscles after repeated shooting. With time, you will be able to get to comfortably operate your bow at different draw weights depending on your end goal.

We trust this is helpful information that will enable you handle your shooting much better.

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