How to Choose a Bow That’s Right for You
Longbow or Recurve?
I have a 28” draw length. I shoot mostly longbows. Just a personal preference. I have several bows – all Diamondback bows of course. Sometimes it’s hard to choose which one to shoot. I’m hooked on my Venom longbow, 64” #55 @ 28”, and my Rat’ler takedown longbow, 68” #68 @ 28”.
I do a lot of pig hunting. My hunting partner shoots a Diamondback Venom longbow, 62” #48 @28”. It does a good job at dispatching some pretty good sized hogs. Hogs are tough animals, but they’re no match for a well placed razor-sharp broadhead.
Draw Length: What’s your draw length? Draw length is measured from your anchor point to the back of your bow. When shooting your bow, the belly is facing you and the back is facing away from you. 28” is an average draw length. At 28” or less, any of the Diamondback bows will be comfortable to shoot. If you have a longer draw length – 29”-32” – the string angle at full draw on a short bow will pinch your fingers making a smooth release more difficult. If your draw is 29” or more, I would recommend at least a 60” bow.
Bow Length: Longer bows tend to be more forgiving – you can flinch a little on release with a 68” bow and be off target by a couple of inches. Do the same flinch with a 56” bow and you might be a foot off. If you don’t practice a lot, a longer bow may be preferable.
Draw Weight: Pick a draw weight that you can shoot comfortably all day. If you struggle to reach your anchor point, or have shaking arms when you reach your anchor point, you should probably drop down in power.
Hardwood Choices: All the riser and lamination woods I offer are top quality. There is very little difference in performance between lamination woods. It’s more of a cosmetic choice.
If you need help in deciding what choices are right for you, feel free to email or call me anytime.