How to measure my draw length
When choosing arrows, your draw length is one of the key things to look at. Simply said, your draw length is the distance you pull back the bow, plus a little more.
What is your draw length?
To check what your draw length is we use a couple different methods. We’ll explain the most used ones below.
Method 1 – Calculating your draw length
This is the easiest way to get an indication of your draw length at home. It is easiest to have someone help you with the measuring. With this calculating method you go by wingspan. Measuring your wingspan is quite easy. Stand up straight and stretch out your arms. Now have your friend measure the distance between your two tips of the middle fingers. Make sure you are not overstretching and keep your shoulders low and relaxed.
If you measured in centimeters, divide the measured distance by 2,54, since draw lengths in archery are measured in inches. Now divide by 2,5 to get a rough estimate of your draw length.
(Example: 180cm divided by 2,54 is 70,9, divide that by 2,5 and you will get to roughly 28,3 inches.)
The outcome of this is often quite accurate, but there are circumstances in which the actual draw length can deviate from what you calculate with this method.