What Size Recurve Bow do I Need?

Do you want to get a new bow? Most shooters prefer to use a compound or crossbow, but you can also think about the recurve bow. When you want to move into a recurve bow, you need to check out different types of recurve models with varieties of sizes. So many apparent choices; which one is perfect for you?

If you are the target archer and choose too large or too small recurve bow, you cannot get an accurate result. That’s why during shooting, you need the perfect size of your recurve bow. Use such a type of bow which suits perfectly. However, recurve bow comes with various models and lengths. You may be confused to see all of the options. So, it would help if you thought several times about which one is the right choice for you. But don’t be confused; some methods will determine which bow is actually helpful. The process which will identify the proper bow size will take a few moments. You have to give 5 to 10 minutes to become educate properly to get the correct bow size and then purchase.

I am very much confident if you read the following article correctly, you will gather proper knowledge and information by which you can make your decision. Follow the simple steps which will make you confident, and that will give you countless hours of enjoyable moments, and obviously, you will be the perfect archer ever.


There are two myths related to archery, They are:

Myth no.1: ‘The height and the arm span is the same.’ The bow size chart suggests that the height is equal to the arm span. But actually, you don’t get any evidence to support this myth. Because if you stand three people based on the same height, their arm span won’t be the same. And you will get three different measurements. On the other hand, the chart-based height will not give you desirable results. But if you select the bow size depending on these rules, it will be better than the size of the age.

Myth no.2: ‘Bow size determined by age.’ Using a bow based on age is not safe. Arm span is not always proportionate with age. The chart could not recommend the proper bow size; or variety unique to the individual with the pair of shoes.

  • Selecting the Bow Size: To select the perfect bow size, you have an apparent knowledge about the calculated draw length or the actual draw length.
  • Calculated Draw Length: You can work very quickly with this method regarding the recurve bow and the compound bow. With the simple two ways, you can find out the Calculated Draw Length.
  • Measure the arm length
  • Divide by 2.5

The above two methods can work accurately; that’s why the archery community uses these true and tried methods to calculate proper draw length for many years. To measure the calculated draw length, you need to use a measuring tape and some simple math. Here I will give you the process of how it works?

  • Stand like the letter T.Make your arms straight and which reached out and facing forward.
  • Remember that the shoulders are not scrunched up, and the chest is always overextended.
  • Stand in a relaxed way, and naturally; otherwise, it will affect the measurement.

Now you need your assistant’s help, who will measure with the tape from the tip of your one middle finger to the tip of the other middle finger.

Another method is to determine the draw length is to stand with your back against the wall. Again you need one assistant to mark the arm span or the wall’s location with tape or a pencil—no need to place the mark on the wall that will indicate the end of each middle finger. Then measure the two points that are already marked on the wall. Keep all the measurements on a record book, which is known as “Arm Span.” To measure the draw length with this method is very useful, so I prefer this method. You can correct it, expand your chest, and scrunched your shoulder quickly.

Second Step:

Here, you need to divide your arm span by 2.5. I will show you the arm span measurement, which is 52 inches. The answer that you get is known as “Draw Length.”

Based on the arm span, the draw length will be:

52/2.5= 20.8 inches.

With the draw length of your hand, you can now measure the length of the bow you need during shooting. I already told you that you could measure the length from the tip to tip, along the backside of the riser, and so follow limbs’ curves while the bow is generally unstrung.

You need to follow the following chart carefully:

Inches Inches
14-16 48
17-20 54
20-22 58
22-24 62
24-26 64-66
26-28 66-68
28-30 68-70
31 inches and more 70-72 inches

Generally, the recurve bow is designing for the pick performance at the actual draw length. For example, if the bow length is 62 inches, the drawn will be 22 to 24 inches. The draw length will increase while the curve consistent up to that length as well. You will pass the pick performance point when the draw is 28 inches. Like before, the draw weight will increase. When the bow is 26 inches and the draw is 70 inches, you cannot get the pick performance. At that time, you need to lose the arrow speed. For the target shooter, it will create a problem.

You can use the calculated draw length chart to help you find out the length of the bow needed for shooting.

Arm Span (Inches) Draw Length(Inches)
60.00 24
62.5 25
65.00 26
67.5 27
70.0 28
72.5 29
75.0 30
77.5 31

This chart also presents the pick performance of the recurve bow. If the bow’s length is 67.5 inches, the draw length’s pick performance will be 27 inches. You will also get the recurve bow’s measurement from tip to tip that will follow the bow’s curve along the riser.

The coordination, physical strength, and archer’s stamina play a vital role in determining the new recurve bow’s draw length. When the archer starts with heavy draw weight, it will develop a poor shooting habit. Remember that the salesman always wants to sell their product, and that is their duty. If you maintain all the things and gather good knowledge about measuring the perfect recurve bow size, you can shoot accurately. So it depends on you to find out the correct size of the bow you needed for your shoot.

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