How to Measure Your Minimum Draw Length

Jan 01, 2023

How to Measure Your Minimum Draw Length

How to Measure Your Minimum Draw Length

To carry out the measurement, all you need is a measuring tape and someone to help you out. Here are the steps:

● STEP 1 : Stand straight, making sure you are not hunching forward and that you are not wearing any clothes that could restrict arm movement or prevent you from seeing whether your elbows are locked.

● STEP 2 : Spread your arms to the sides, making sure that together they form a straight line that is parallel to the floor.

● STEP 3 : Have someone measure your arm span carefully, from the tip of one middle finger to the tip of the other one. Make sure the measuring tape is fully stretched out or else the measurement will not be accurate.

● STEP 4 : Take the length in inches and divide it by 2.5.


So if your arm span is calculated at 70″, divide that by 2.5 and you get 28. This means that your draw length is 28″, and so your bow should allow for this length to be set – and preferably with an extra inch or two to spare.

Double-Check Your Measurements For the vast majority of people, their arm span in inches will be equal to their body height in inches. After you perform the calculation above, take your height in inches and see if it’s the same as your arm span – it should be extremely close, indicating you did things correctly. There might be a slight difference between your height and arm span however, in which case your arm span takes precedence.

Back >>