Draw Length – How To Adjust Your Bow’s Draw Length
Archers vary in size, and so do their draw lengths; the best method for determining one’s draw length is to divide one’s wingspan by 2.5; once you start shooting, you should be able to tell if you need to adjust your draw length.
Adjusting a compound bow’s draw length
If your compound bow isn’t set to your draw length, you’ll need to make some adjustments. There are several ways to adjust the draw length of a compound bow, depending on the compound bow.
1. Draw Length Specific Cams
Compound bows with draw length specific cams use specific cams to deliver different draw lengths. Changing out a compound bow’s cam is difficult and requires the bow to be pressed. New cams cost between $70-$90 and are very common with Mathews bows.
2. Adjustable Cams
Adjustable cam systems are ideal for beginners who are unsure of their “golden draw length.” Post style adjustable cams allow draw length adjustment when the bow string’s end loop is placed over a different post, as shown in this image of a Mathews Max cam.
3. Modular Cams
Modular Cams are compound bows with draw length specific modules that can be swapped out to accommodate archers of various sizes. Changing out the modules usually requires a hexagonal wrench and can be done without pressing the compound bow, and the average cost is $8 to $25.
How do I adjust the draw on my compound bow?
Take your compound bow to an archery shop to have the draw weight adjusted. A bow technician will evenly tighten the limb bolts and check the draw weight. One full turn of the limb bolts changes the draw weight by about two pounds. Increase your draw weight a few pounds at a time to avoid injury.
Can you adjust draw length without a bow press?
You can change the draw length without using a bow press on most bows, but if the cables rest on the mod, you’ll need a bow press. Simply loosen the screws on the current mod and attach the new mod to change the draw length.
How do you determine your draw length for a compound bow?
To determine your draw length, stand with your back to a wall and stretch your arms out against the wall, measuring the distance between the tips of your middle fingers to the tips of your other middle fingers, or the length of both arms, hands, and chest. Subtract 15 from this measurement and divide by two to get your draw length.
Is 70 lb draw too much?
A bow with a peak weight of 70 pounds and an 80% let-off, for example, should have a holding weight of around 14 pounds. Being able to hold a bow at full draw for 30 seconds is great, but if you’re shaking, struggling, and exhausted at the end of that time, you won’t be able to make an ethical shot.
Is a 50lb bow too much?
Archers shooting takedown recurves or longbows can usually get lighter limbs to drop some draw weight, but those shooting one-piece recurves or longbows will have to switch bows.
Can the draw length on a bow be adjusted?
Archers can adjust their draw length with an hexagonal wrench without pressing the compound bow in most cases. Adjustable compound bow cams allow archers to adjust their draw length anywhere from 3 inches to 13 inches depending on the compound bow.
How do I know my bow draw weight?
Use a weight scale to pull the bowstring to the correct position, then lower the weight by a few pounds if it feels difficult to pull back and hold. Aim to use the highest weight that feels comfortable to you.
How do you adjust the draw length on a High Country bow?
Strings do not have to be on the same post as cables, so put your string on the post closest to the axle farthest from the outside of the cam.
How long should my arrows be for a 29 inch draw?
According to our experience, if you use a 29u2032u2032 draw with compound bows, the arrow length should be 27.5u2032u2032 (29u2032u2032 u2013 1.5u2032u2032). This allows the arrow to comfortably fit on the arrow rest, but make sure your riser measurement matches up before purchasing a large quantity of arrow.
How long should my arrows be for a 27 inch draw?
The weight is suspended from the center of the arrow, which must be 29″ long and supported by two 28″ apart points.
How do I know if my draw length is too long?
The draw length is probably too long if the bow arm drops or swings to the side. When this happens, the scapula has already pushed the bow arm out as far as it can extend before the arrow is released, leaving no room for the bow arm to go forward, so it drops or swings to the side.
Does a release add to draw length?
Releases and D-loops have no bearing on draw length; they will change your anchor point but not your bow’s draw length.
Does draw length affect FPS?
When you shorten your draw length by an inch, you lose about 10 fps of arrow speed; on similar bows rated over 335 fps, the loss is closer to 10 to 12 fps.” 3. When you add five grains of arrow weight, you lose 1-1.5 fps of arrow speed.
Does a release affect draw length?
When we talk about a person’s “draw length,” we’re really talking about the factory draw length selection that works best for their body size and allows for proper fundamental shooting form; the release length has no effect on the bow’s Draw Length.