Every time I read a post about draw weight, someone is recommending that it be turned down. Usually, they list a weight 5 lbs. below the person's draw weight and say "XX lbs. is plenty. There's no need to pull more than that."
But how do you know what XX is? I bought my first bow this year and it was 50-60 lbs. I set it at 55 lbs. and called it good. I have no problem pulling it back. I was at a shop recently and demo'd a bow set at 72 lbs. I could draw that back without a problem. It certainly wasn't as easy as 55 lbs. but it wasn't painful or difficult. Is 72 lbs. my perfect draw weight? Is 55 lbs. my perfect draw weight? I doubt it, since I randomly picked it. If I had picked 52 lbs. or 57 lbs. would those have been my perfect draw weight?
A few weeks ago, I posted here that I was thinking of turning my weight up to 60 lbs. I got a flurry of responses that said "Don't do it. 55 lbs. is plenty." OK, if 55 lbs. is plenty could I turn it down to 50 lbs. and be fine? Is 50 lbs. plenty?
It seems that many people on this board recommend turning draw weights down but I've yet to see any logic behind it.