Bowhunting: 3 Steps to Choosing the Correct Draw Weight
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When it comes to choosing the most appropriate draw weight for your bow, it is a matter of personal preference. There is no clear-cut weight for everyone. Instead, it depends on a person's individual skill and ability, stamina and physical condition – all of which will improve over time, with the right bow and right draw weight. Here are three tips for ensuring that you steer clear of bows that are too heavy or too lightweight and are able to choose one that is just right:
How Do You Know When You're Using Too Much Bow?
When you have a bow that is too heavy (too large of a draw weight), you run the chances of overly struggling with the use of your bow. You will be using every ounce of your physical strength to keep the bow steady in order to shoot accurately. More than likely, you won't get an accurate shot. If you are shaking like crazy and feel uncomfortable when you have the bow in its draw cycle, then it's too much bow.
What Exactly Is the Ideal Draw Weight?
If you're an amateur, then you are going to need to practice a bit to see what draw weight you are most comfortable with. Ultimately, you need to find a bow with a draw weight that you are comfortable holding, doesn't make you shake when in hold and allows steady drawing. Otherwise, you are going to be struggling to use your bow, which is the very last thing you want to do, especially as a newbie.
Can Your Bow Be Adjusted for Different Draw Weights?
Luckily, your bow can be adjusted to take on various draw weights. As a general rule, you can only alter the draw weight within 10 pounds. For example, an 80-pound bow can typically be adjusted from 74 to 84 pounds. Keep in mind that this always varies per manufacturer.
You need to be confident when you shoot, but you can't be if your bow is too heavy or too light. If you need more help in choosing the best draw weight, get in touch with us at Full Draw Archery.