Instructions For Draw Length Calculator
- Stand with your back against a wall
- Raise your arms to shoulder heigt, and palms facing out
- Measure the distance from one middle finger to the other
- Enter the distance on the calculator
Draw length is unique to each shooter. This means that a shooter with a 28-inch draw length wouldn’t be able to properly shoot a bow with a 30-inch draw length.
If you are buying your bow from a competent bow shop they will help you find your draw length. However, this can also be done at home.
One caveat about doing this at home is you may not find your exact draw length as different manufacturers tend to run differently with regard to draw length.
We recommend that even after you find your draw length, you should try a few bows in that length before making your final decision. Or choose a bow with an easily adjustable draw length.
Finding Your Draw Length
- With your back against a wall, spread your arms with your palms open and facing outwards, have someone measure the distance from the tip of one index finger to the tip of the other in inches.
Take this number and divide it by 2.5. This number would be the base from which you will work from. You may find that this draw length fits you perfectly or you may find it needs a little tweaking.
To find out if this is a good draw length for you, you will need to try out a few bows with this draw length. You may find that a Hoyt bow will fit this draw length perfectly whereas a Mathews might be a bit too long of a draw length.
The points to look for when testing draw length:
- The bow holding the arm shouldn’t be overextended. This means if you are a right handed shooter and you hold the bow with your left hand that your left arm should have a little bend in it and not be over flexed.
Having your arm overextended will put you in an unnatural shooting position and may cause the bowstring to hit your arm upon release. This is common upon new archers, but by choosing the correct draw length and being aware of your position, you can prevent it.
- Your drawing arm should not draw back beyond your jaw. You may need to play with this a little bit depending on the type of release you are using. But your hand of your drawing arm should always anchor somewhere on your jawline. If you find your anchoring somewhere back behind your jaw, then it’s likely your draw length is too long.
- You should be comfortable in your draw length. One of the most important things about the draw length is comfort. Find a length that is comfortable for you. You should be able to find your anchor points consistently each time. You should not be hitting your arm with the bowstring.