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July 7th, 2006, 07:38 AM
Hey, I just bought a new boy for my girlfreind. its a 05 Hoyt Rintec with 18-26 draw length and 40-50 pounds. It just got delivered last night and the draw length is set at 26 which is too long for her. I know she can pull back 40 pounds with ease because she can pull my old bows back fairly easy. When she tried to pull this new bow back she struggled. is this because the draw length is to long? If I change the draw length for her (18-20 inch range) she should have an easier time right?

July 7th, 2006, 07:45 AM
Absolutely...If the draw is too long she wont be coming into the let off valley. Correct draw length is crucial..and I wouldn't have her draw it again until the draw length is corrected...another little test for draw weight is have her sit on a chair with her feet off the floor. Have her draw the bow (once the draw length is corrected) with her feet in the air and if she struggles to draw it back then it may be too heavy for her. No point in having her struggle.:)

July 7th, 2006, 07:51 AM
Thanks Johnno, I figured that would be the case. I feel confident she will be able to do it at 40 because I've had her draw back my brothers old Eagle set at 55#s.

anyone else have advice?

July 7th, 2006, 12:55 PM

July 7th, 2006, 01:16 PM
You should be able to get the bow down even below 40 lbs. First, I would start by adjusting the DL to fit her, then, drop the poundage down. I assume she's new to archery, just because she can pull it back doesn't mean it's the right poundage. Always start out light, it makes it easier for someone to learn how to draw correctly, anchor, and shoot without getting tired too fast. As her muslces get used to shooting, you can slowly increase the poundage over time.