July 13, 2012 at 3:12pm
Hey Man, How's it going?...For anyone the Draw Length is the distance from the nock point to the throat of the grip plus 1 3/4'.Typically, this length will also be about the same length of arrow needed for your Bow. I have never seen arrows longer than 31 inches and I used to help my Friend in a Bow shot...I have seen custom cedar arrows for Tall Recurve,Stick and longbow shooters but that's it...Anyway... To measure your draw length yourself, You can stand with your back to a wall stretching your arms out against the wall. Measure the distance from the end of your middle finger to the end of your other middle finger and have a friend mark it, It's basically the length of both arms, hands and chest. This measurement, minus 15 then divided by 2, is your draw length. or divided by 2.5 as Justin stated.
I would advise to resist the temptation to make your draw length longer than it should be, as this will greatly affect your accuracy.
Your wingspan typically is the same as your height in inches. So your height in inches minus 15 and then divided by 2 will be your draw length, or at least a very good starting point. Also...Will you be using a string loop? If So,since the draw length is the distance from the nock point to the throat of the grip plus 1 3/4', adding a string loop cannot change the bow's draw length. BUT, it will change your anchor point moving it back 1/2' to 3/4' depending on the Loop size. This Loop will make it feel like your draw length is longer. If you want your same anchor point, then you will need to shorten the bow's draw length by about a 1/2' to move your anchor point back up to your preference.You can do this on some Bow cams I believe.
Also, What Draw weight have you decided on?
Draw Weight is the peak amount of weight you will pull while drawing your bow. With a traditional bow, the draw weight continues to increase as the bow is drawn and you hold that weight. But A compound bow will increase to the peak weight, and then drop in weight to the holding weight. The holding weight is typically 20-30% of the peak weight. So a 60# compound bow will only hit 60# for a period in the draw cycle, and then will drop down to perhaps a 15# holding weight at anchor.I call this a 'Valley' This allows you to hold on target much longer than a traditional bow, when you would be holding the full 60#s. High performance bows will stay at this peak weight longer during the draw cycle thus storing more energy but typically creating a harsher draw cycle. Today's Bows have aggressive Cams and if you even relax, I have had mine go without me so to speak lol...I call this 'creeping' Also keep brace height in mind..You want a Long Brace height to have a forgiving Bow that you will love shooting. I remember when the PSE Baby G came out a Loong time ago that I just had to have!! LOL...I HATED HATED HATED THAT THING!!! lol Since then parallel limbs have become the craze but do your homework because 1 good String Slap on your forearm will come to mind each time you draw for a while and that will affect your focus and concentration...You could just get a crossbow and make it simple LOL........Good Luck Buddy and Hope you like your SPURSUADER Turkey call.