How to Quickly Find Your Perfect Recurve Bow Size

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If you’ve looked in online or visited specialised shops and looked at recurve bows you’ll have noticed that complete bow sizes are measured in inches from 48” all the way up to 72”. Although recurve bows are forgiving and will allow you to shoot with a draw length that is either too short or too long in order to really get the best from a bow you need to be drawing to it’s sweet spot.

The sweet spot is the point where the advertised draw weight will be the actual drawn weight, drawing past this point will result in a rapid increase in draw weight known as ‘stacking’ which may make you inaccurate as you’d be pulling more weight than expected, and drawing your bow too short will result in an underpowered shot.

In the tables below you’ll see bow sizes measured in inches, and this inch measurement refers to the AMO (Archery Manufacturers Organization) size of the bow which you’ll see listed in bow specifications online and on this site.

There are 2 methods for finding your bow size.

Using Draw Length to find your Bow Size

Find your draw length (if you don’t know it look here) in inches and then lookup the correct bow size in this table:

Recurve Draw Length and Bow Size

As a simple rule of thumb bow length should be at least double your draw length, but this doesn’t always correlate to a good decision, so the values in this table should assist.

Draw Length (inches)Bow Size (inches) – AMO
14-17 48

Archer Height and Bow Size Chart

You can just go with the basic premise that all people proportioned relatively similarly and using the table below, lookup your height bracket and this will give you a corresponding ideal bow size.

Archer Height Bow Size (inches) – AMO
Up to 5’6″ 64
Up to 5’10” 66
Up to 6’2″ 68
6’2″ and over 70

I hope this has been helpful and you’ve found what you were looking for and you now know your ideal bow size, but as always if you have any questions please leave a comment below or send us a message!

10 thoughts on “How to Quickly Find Your Perfect Recurve Bow Size”

      • The one thing i’ve learned in all my research buying my first recurve bow as a novice. Is the mistake most male’s make is purchasing their first bow with far too much draw weight. I thimk this may be an ego thing particular to male’s. Who knows, i also may be guilty of it too. Methinks it would be far more benificial to have less draw weight, till you get used to it. Then buy stronger limbs with more draw weight. hopefully you will have become more skillfull by this time. I speak as a compleat novice & no disrespect is intended. To end, good luck & enjoy your sport…

  1. So… I’m 4f10″ (147cm) tall.
    My arms-length measurement is 58″ divided by 2.5 = 23.2″
    Then, I understand I need a size Bow 60″ – 62″. RIght?

    I thought I’d need a 48″ or 54″ because of my short size. I’m happy I found your guide.
    My little son and my daughter use the Decathlon Junior 51″ Bow 12lb
    My daughter is almost as tall as me probably I’d need to share my bow with her.

    Now I need to know which drow weight do I need. I was thinking 20lb but my husband instructor thought that was too low. And I’m thinking the kids 12lb is too hard to pull back.
    She is going to pass to me a Bow tomorrow so I can try.

  2. Been shooting the Hoyt Nitrum 34 compound @ 50lbs. with a draw 30″ Easton FMJ & 150 gr. points. I’m 6 feet. Do not hunt big game but am considering some upland bird next year. As per your charts, that puts me at a 68″ bow. I see risers come in various sizes. Is there a calculation as to which size I should be considering? ( IE 17″ 19″ 21″ )

  3. I am 5 foot 4 inches and my arm span is 67 inches which would make my draw weight about 26-27 inches that would make the bow the same size as me… Is that right because that seems very big or did I do something wrong?

  4. My son 55″ height. Now he is using 24lbs recurve bow.
    He should shoot 60meter distance
    Pls suggest recurve bow height and poundage.
    Suggest some best brand midel bows.

  5. I’m 5’9 And my draw length is 27.5 what size recurve bow should I get? And what do people mean when they talk about poundage does it matter?


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