Here's how to
correctly measure your
TRADITIONAL Draw Length:
a yard stick for quickest reference.
Otherwise ANY stick will do and have a tape measure handy to measure your
-Place one end of the yardstick in the center of your sternum (chest bone)
with it extended straight out in front of you, not to the side.
-Reach out on the yardstick in front of you EQUALLY with the fingertips of
BOTH hands. Allow your shoulders to fall into the reach without straining
-The measurement from the center of your chest to your extended fingertips
of both hands in front of you is your true traditional draw.
-You may actually pull less than this until you achieve proper archer's
form & technique.
*A footnote to this: if you are
"over-bowed" (trying to shoot a bow that is more powerful than
you can handle or should start with), you will likely not come close to
your full draw and probably not develop proper form as a result. This will
lead to difficult accuracy and early fatigue at the least, and possibly
shoulder rotator cuff injury at the worst. Be sure to use a bow with draw
weight within your personal limitations.