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Archery is a great art. But, as with everything else in life, perfect your bow shooting can be quite a task. To get started, you need to know how to find and adjust your draw length as well as draw weight. But, why is there need to find and adjust your draw length and weight? It is necessary to make such adjustments so you can shoot your compound bow easily. Here’s a guide to how to find and adjust your draw length and weight.

There isn’t one best method to find your draw length with your compound bow. In fact, Shooting Time outlines a number of methods that we think are beginner-friendly. And the easiest of them all is the wingspan measurement.

How to Find Your Draw Length

Stand normally and outstretch your arms, palms forward. Arms should be in line with each other. Have a friend measure from tip of middle finger to tip of middle finger and record measurement. Divide this number by 2.5 and this will be your starting draw length. If you plan on shooting a D-Loop, you can subtract a half inch from the number.

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Finding the ultimate draw length requires regular practice. In other words, you need to shoot multiple 300 rounds while adjusting your length. And then study your performance at different lengths. You should find an accurate draw length in the end.

Now that you know how to find your draw length, it is time to learn how to adjust it. Of course, we agree with Gone Outdoors when they say that there is no right or wrong draw length. After all, everyone’s draw length will be different. And that means the best draw length is whatever is most comfortable for your needs.

How to Adjust Your Draw Length

Hold your arms straight out with palms facing out, extending the arms to the sides of your body so they form a straight line. Have an assistant measure the distance from the tips of the fingers of one hand, across your body to the tips of the fingers of the other hand.

Subtract 15 inches from the measurement in Step 1, and divide the result by 2. For example, if the measurement is 65 inches, subtract 15 to get 50. Divide 50 by 2 for an answer of 25 inches. This is the correct draw length for the measurement.

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It is important to always use a tested method to adjust the draw length of your compound bow. That way, you won’t have to wonder whether you are doing it right or otherwise. And remember to calculate your draw length before adjusting it.

One of the best things about compound bows is their draw weight can always be adjusted. Of course, compound bows come with a range of draw weight, as outlined on Learning Archery. But there might be need for an adjustment.

How to Adjust Your Draw Length

There is often confusion on what is the best way to adjust the draw weight.  This article will address how to adjust the weight, but not go into how to determine the best draw weight.  First, let’s look at a couple of definitions: Draw weight: This is the maximum force required to pull a bow back.  It is the peak force measured as the bow is drawn.

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As you can see, adjusting the draw weight isn’t that hard. So, you should find it easy, especially if you are a beginner to compound bows.

Final Thoughts

It might take some time before you are able to find your draw weight as well as draw length. So, you have to train consistently until you get the whole thing right. At the end of the day, all you want to do is to shoot your bow right, and sometimes, two times faster.