Beginning Archery: How to Measure Draw Length?

How to measure Draw Length?

Draw length is the distance between the bowstring and the grip when you hold a bow at full draw. Having the proper draw length improves your shooting form and consistency, which improves accuracy.
The most popular method for determining draw length is the Arm-span method, with three simple steps:
  1. Hold your arms out away from your body to form the letter T.
  2. Use a measuring tape to find the distance from the longest fingertip on the right hand to the longest fingertip on the left hand. Ask someone to help you measure this distance.
  3. Next, take your measurement and divide the value by 2.5. This will give you a very solid estimation of your draw length. You can also check on the following chart.
* Make sure that both arms remain parallel to the floor, and without pulling your shoulder blades together. This will give you the most accurate arm-span.

Draw Length


Arrow Length according to your Draw Length

Draw length and arrow length are linked and the former determine the latter. You don’t want to pick arrows that don’t fit your draw length. It would be a real disappointment if you would lose shooting efficiency and precision by disregarding the following simple rule.

Once you’ve determined your draw length, simply add 1 to 2 inches to that measurement, and this will be your ideal arrow length. So if your draw length is 28″, you should be using arrows that are between 29 and 30 inches long. By choosing shorter arrows, you would lose consistency by not being able to draw your full length and above all, it can be extremely dangerous. Too long of an arrow is not optimal and could limit the performance of your bow. Arrow length also has an impact on what spine value to choose from to optimize you precision and consistency while shooting (more on this in another post).

Coming soon, we will create a series of posts explaining simply the world of arrows which might seem complicated, especially for beginners.

Thank you for reading us! See you soon in our next post!

*Join our newsletter to receive more Informative blog posts about Archery.

Other suggested posts:

Comments (0)

Leave a comment

Comments may require approval prior to appearing.

* Required fields