WHAT IS YOUR ARCHERY SIZE?
Learning the art of archery is an exciting journey. Stepping into the realm of possibilities and realizing your own potential is an exhilarating experience. Archery is an independent form relying on your own strengths and talents to achieve your goals. It is the general consensus that practice makes perfect, however when it comes to archery your success will start with a simple word of sizing.
Why does Size matter in Archery?
Just as any sport or activity, the tools and equipment you use will have an impact on your results. The main necessities of archery are a bow and arrows. Whether you use recurve or compound, sizing takes precedence in your end game. The key to archery is precision. If your bow is too long or short for your draw length, you will notice an effect on both your aim and your arm. Pulling back your bow string will bring your elbow back with a strong emphasis on the placement of your shoulder, arms and stance. If you are unable to completely pull the full length or are having to reposition to accommodate a longer length, you will have a less accurate aim. On top of likely missing the target, there is also a heightened risk of injury.
When you are conditioning your body in archery, you will discover entire muscle groups you never knew existed. Utilizing these muscles at the wrong angle will cause strain and aches. This will prevent adapting a proper form and technique. There are many misconceptions on configuring the right size bow. Theories that have been proven as non-valid include far fetched myths such as measuring by age, shoe size and height.
How to Find Your True Size
Archers come in all shapes and sizes. Bows are not made in a one size fits all capacity and they rarely are adjustable beyond a reasonable amount. Before making an investment, it is wise to properly measure your draw length and weight to match you to the right bow. Measuring our arm span from the tip of your middle finger to your other tip on the opposite hand will give you your starter number. To ensure an even measurement, stand up against a surface with your arms out and shoulders straight. Have another person measure and mark the surface to get the most accurate arm span. Once you have the magic number, divide it by 2.5 and round up to the nearest ½ inch. This will give you the closest assessment you will need when fitting a bow.
There are a few adaptions in finding a size, yet the general rule of thumb is to keep it simple. As a safety reminder, never dry fire a bow. Pulling back the bow string and letting it go without an arrow equipped can result in serious injuries. After your initial measurements, the next step will include your draw weight and arrow lengths. With your new archery set up, you will be ready to hit the targets in true size style.