Archery Bow Size Calculator
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What size bow do I need?
To determine the correct size bow in archery, you need to consider two factors: draw length and draw weight.
Draw length: This is the distance between the bow grip and the back of the arrow when it is fully drawn. You can measure your draw length using a specialized tool or have an archery pro measure it for you.
Draw weight: This is the amount of force required to draw the bow back to its full draw length. The weight you need depends on your strength, experience, and intended use (target shooting, hunting, etc.).
Both of these factors will determine what size bow is suitable for you. It is recommended to try several bows before purchasing to find the best fit for your individual needs.
How to measure Bow Length?
To determine the ideal bow size or length, you need to measure your draw length. The draw length is the distance from the bow grip to the back of the arrow when it is fully drawn. A proper fit is important for comfort and accuracy. Here’s how to measure your draw length:
Stand with your arms extended straight out in front of you, forming a T shape.
Have a friend measure the distance from the tip of one middle finger to the other.
Divide this measurement by 2.5 to get your estimated draw length.
Once you have your draw length, you can use it to determine the ideal bow size. Most manufacturers will have a chart or formula to match a shooter’s draw length to the appropriate bow length. It’s also recommended to visit an archery pro shop and try different bows to find the best fit for you.
Bow Size Calculator
How the Bow Length Calculator Works
Our handy Archery Bow Size Calculator utilizes a simple formula to get you quite close to the ideal bow size based on your draw length.
- Obtain Your Draw Length Measurement (use our Draw Length Calculator to quickly work it out)
- Select the applicable Draw Length Range from the drop-down menu
- Hit Enter or Click Submit to reveal your approximate ideal Bow Size in inches
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