A lot of bow hunters underestimate the importance of proper draw length, but it is essential for proper form and making great shots! Your bow has to fit you, ladies! Let’s compare draw length to your favorite pair of jeans; they’re not too tight, not too loose, just perfectly comfortable. And, that’s how you want your bow to be.
So, how do you determine your draw length? It is much easier than you imagine! You just need another person to help you out, and a tape measure. That’s it! Now, you simply stand with your arms straight out (like you are forming the letter “t”), palms facing out, and using good posture with a relaxed stance. Don’t overextend yourself or it can throw the measurement off! Next have your helper measure your arm span by measuring from the tip of one middle finger to the tip of your other middle finger.
Now that you have your arm span, you want to take that number and divide it by 2.5. This will give you your calculated draw length. For example, if your arm span is 50 your draw length will be 20.
I used this method to determine my draw length, but I also went to my local archery pro shop to double check my measurement. It is always a great idea to have an archery pro that you can go to for any help you may need with your bow. The archery pro will determine your draw length by having you draw back your bow and then measuring from your nock point to the pivot point of the grip. There was a difference between my measurement and the measurement from the archery pro, but it was very small (less than a 1/2″). Yet, I went with his measurement and I could feel a slight difference. Now my bow fits me like my favorite jeans, not too tight, not too loose, just perfectly comfortable!!
So, ladies, if you haven’t done it yet, get measured!! Nothing feels better than the perfect fit!!