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How Do I Select The Correct Compound Bow Size?

by Willy Evers
(Cali, Colombia)

Good evening!


I had to quit International Skeet Shooting due to hearing problems after shooting for 40+ years.

Doctors recommended to change for a quieter sport and suggested chess. As I will NOT pay attention, I decided to switch to bow and arrow, especially after the experience I just had in the World Games in Cali, Colombia, my home city.

I have been reading your site, but didn't find how to select a compound bow.

My draw length is 28.5", which gives me a 66" to 68" bow (I assume a recurve bow).

I also assume that the decision between using a compound bow and recurve bow depends in the comfortability with each one. Am I correct?

Regards,
Willy Evers

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Experience Both Types Of Bows To Determine Your Comfort
by: Coach Will

Dear Willy,

Your draw length applies to both a recurve and a compound bow.

If you’re planning to compete in the compound bow discipline then you will need to purchase a bow that has a range of draw length adjustment to fit your size or purchase a bow with cam modules to fir your exact draw length.

Ultimately, the type of draw length adjustment system on each compound bow is driven by the make and model you choose.

If you’re looking at a recurve bow I would suggest that your first bow be on the longer side (68” to 70”) for the sake of comfort. A longer bow will have a higher brace height and it will be a little more forgiving during the learning process than a shorter bow.

Comfort – Only you can decide if you are more comfortable with a recurve bow or a compound bow and the only way to find out is to experience both.

Regardless of what others may say I always start new archers on a basic recurve bow. The reasons are many but from a physical and technical perspective the student or athlete will benefit from the learning experience by starting with a recurve as opposed to the compound bow.

If I can offer any advice it is to remain open minded when you try various types, makes and models of equipment. Each will feel different dead in hand, shoot differently and provide variations in feedback.

What feels good and right to one person may not feel proper for the next. Some archers like a sharp, crisp shooting bow while others prefer a smoother action.

Best wishes in your endeavor and thank you for visiting Learn-Archery.com.

Please stop in again and tell us how you are doing with your archery experience.

Regards,
Coach Zeober

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