How to Choose a Recurve Bow Length

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How to Choose a Recurve Bow Length
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Recurve bows use the curve of the bow itself to provide the thrust and leverage to propel the arrows. In order for the bow to be effective it needs to be the proper size for you. Two measurements are taken to ensure getting the proper size recurve bow: arrow length and draw length. Use an assistant to take the measurements.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Assistant
  • Bow length to arrow length ratio chart

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  1. 1

    Stand at ease and square your shoulders. Bring your palms together in front of your body with the fingers pointing straight ahead.

  2. 2

    Allow the assistant to take the measurement from the end of your fingertips to your chest. Add one inch to this measurement. This is your arrow length.

  3. 3

    Select a bow length as determined by the ratio chart. For example, if your arrow length is between 22 and 24 inches, select a recurve bow with a draw length of 64 inches. If you are starting out in the sport, select a bow slightly shorter in draw length than your recommended arrow length measurement. This is due to the power of the bow and strength needed to draw the bowstring.

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