Mar 9th 2018

What size recurve bow should you get?

Are you thinking of getting a new bow? Most of you are likely compound or crossbow shooters but have you ever thought about moving into recurve bows? Read on if you are at all interested in getting a recurve bow.

Recurve bows come in many different models and lengths. If you have looked into getting a recurve bow in the past you may have been baffled by all of the options. So with so many apparent choices, is there one right one? Well, you may or may not be surprised to learn that there is actually a method to determining which bow is right for you. If you don’t choose the right size bow, there can be dire conseuences to your accuracy and fun so make sure to take your time and become educated on the subject before making a purchase.

When selecting a bow for target archery, stand with your arms out to either side of your body at shoulder height. Have a family member, friend, or stranger measure the distance from the tip of your right hand fingers to the tip of your left hand fingers. Then take that measurement and divide by 2.5 to find your draw length. This is what some people refer to as idea draw length and it should be very close to your actual draw length. In most cases it will be a perfect measurement.

That’s the only measuring you’ll have to do. Now you can use the calculated draw length to figure out the length of the bow you should be shooting. Please use the following chart:

draw length reference chart

The chart above is a chart explaining peak recurve bow performance. This means for example that a bow that is 60 inches long will have peak performance at a draw length of 24 inches. Recurve bows are measured from tip to tip following the curve of the bow along the riser.