By Dave Hurteau
Here's the sixth in our seven-part series of tests designed to prove or disprove some common conceptions about compound bows. These tests all appeared in the July issue of Field & Stream, but keep reading for more content exclusive to our website.
The Conventional Wisdom
Many bowhunters shoot a draw length that is too long for them, which hurts shooting form and degrades accuracy. You hear this all the time—that a long draw overextends your bow arm and makes it harder to hold against the back wall and to maintain a consistent anchor point.
But Wait a Minute
Shortening your draw length costs speed—about 10 fps per inch. Is this a worthwhile trade-off?
We shot three bows, each at the correct draw length (as determined by our bow-shop pro) and 1 inch too long.