Draw Length

What is a draw length? Compound bows are designed to be puilled back only so far, this is also known as the wall, and then stop. This distance is known as the bow's draw length. This is controlled by the particular design of the bow. In order to provide for consistent performance, an archer must be matched to a bow matching his/her draw length.

What is Proper Draw Length


Ask ten different archery experts for advice about your draw length, and you're likely to get ten different answers. There are a number of methods and devices commonly used to determine a "proper" draw length - few of which agree. The truth is ... your "proper" draw length is the draw length at which you are the most comfortable and the most accurate. No matter what a chart or device (or expert) says, if you shoot best at a given draw length ... THAT'S your perfect draw length. Some shooters experiment a little and "tweak" their draw lengths up or down as their technique evolves, but most adults just find a comfortable draw length and stick with it.

Measuring Draw length

One of the most trusty methods to determine draw length is the arm-span method, sometimes refered to as the wingspan method. To measure your draw length, determine the length of your arm-span in inches. Stand with your arms out and palms facing forward. Don't stretch when measuring. Just stand naturally. Have someone else help you, and measure from the tip of one middle finger to the other. Then simply divide that number by 2.5. The result you get will be your approximate draw length (in inches) for your body size. If you are a person of average proportions, your arm-span will be roughly equal to your height (in inches). Often there is often a direct correlation between a person's height and their draw length. But if you are particularly lanky, stocky, etc., the arm-span method will probably yield the most reliable estimate.

String Loops

Does the string loop add to the draw length? This is one of the most common questions asked of archery professionals. The simple answer is no. The official measurement of draw length is found by measuring the distance from the nocking point on the string, in a line perpendicular to the center line of the bow, to an imaginary point above the pivot point of the grip, plus 1.75 inches. The fact is, a string loop - or lack of a string loop - has nothing to do with the (official) mechanical draw length of a compound bow. What it will do is allow you to position your hand the line to your rear elbow in a postion that is comfortable for you. For this reason, the length of your loop is important, but it does not alter the actual draw length in any way.

Traditional League

The Traditional League is for those archers who prefer to ply their sport using “traditional” archery equipment (no sights, cams/wheels, stabilizers, releases, etc.). The league typically holds an indoor session during the Winter months and an outdoor session during the Spring and Summer months. The cost to participate is $7 per week. The league meets every Wednesday night. The Winter session meets at 7:00pm and the Spring/Summer session meets at 6:00pm. Individuals compete against each other rather than in teams. First, second and third place awards are given.

Money League

The Money League usually starts on the Thursday of first full week of January and runs for 12 weeks. League play begins at 7:00pm and the cost is $7 per week. Teams are comprised of 2 shooters. Participants may select their own shooting partner or one will be assigned to them by the league coordinator. The event consists of a 450 round - meaning 45 arrows are shot from a distance of 20 yards. Handicaps are calculated at 80% and either recurve or compound bows may be used. First, second and third place cash prizes are awarded plus additional prizes. The league ends with a party and award ceremony.

Senior League

Joe Natalie Senior League - Autumn-300 2016 (from October 7th to December 23rd 2016) This League is named in honor of Joe Natalie, a long time participant of this league who passed away in early 2016. The League shoots an NFAA 300 target, which is either a 5 Spot or 1 Spot depending on the archer's choice. It is not limited to those who are retired. Anyone who is available during the day may participate. Cost is $7 for Waxobe members and $10 for a non-member. Individuals compete against each other. The League begins with a 2 week Average Establishing Period and ends with a Pizza Party and award ceremony on the final shooting day. There is a Coffee Card shoot on the last arrow of each weekly competition. The archer with the closest to the center of the X is the winner. Providing there are no snow dates, the competitions will run for 12 weeks. Starting time is precisely at 12:30 pm each Friday. .

3D League

Pricing for the Waxobe Saturday 3d league will be as follows: Waxobe members wanting to shoot the course, but not participate in the money league will pay $5.00. Non Waxobe members wanting to shoot the course but not participate in the money league will pay $10.00. Waxobe members and non members wanting to participate in the money league will pay $15.00. Saturday May 28th will be an introductory day. The rules will be explained followed by discussion. The shoot will be a practice round and will not be for score. It will also be free for anyone shooting in the money league. The following Saturday, June 4th will begin league scoring.