I'm just getting started with archery. I got a Martin Freedom recurve (50lb. @ 28") and have been target shooting with it for a few weeks. I've been reading a lot online and paying attention to various details, hoping to learn to shoot properly the first time. Some stance/finger/elbow adjustments are simple enough, but now I'm trying to establish an anchor point and I'm stumped. The problem: to draw my bow back to my supposed draw length of 28.5", I have to pull back really far, so far that the only replicable anchor point I can find at that draw is to have the tip of my index finger in my ear. I'm not using any loops or release gadgets, just shooting split-fingered with a glove. From everything I've seen and read, this draw is way too far back on my face, but I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. Help!
I'm 5'11", my armspan divided by 2.5 is 28.6", and my draw length was measured by a shop at 28.5 or 29" (I don't remember what technique they used, but it was different from the armspan/2.5 method.) If I use an index-fingertip-to-corner-of-mouth anchor point, I'm barely drawing 23". Surely that's not my actual best draw length? "Draw length," by the way, I'm understanding as the measurement of a drawn arrow from the bottom of the groove of the nock (where the bowstring sits) to the outer limit of the riser (the point where the arrow begins to extend beyond the riser). I think this comes out the same as measuring the arrow and adding 1.75", since the riser on my bow measures 1.75" from outermost limit to innermost grip.
Using the 28.5" number, I determined the proper draw length in action (i.e. in reference to my face) by placing a clip onto the arrow shaft at a precise position near the point, such that the clip contacts the riser and stops further draw when the arrow is drawn back to the spot where it measures 28.5" between the bowstring and the outermost riser limit. When I draw it back this far, I end up with my finger in my ear. This draw does feel pretty uncomfortable and awkwardly long too, but that's not really a valuable observation, since I just fell off the turnip truck and have no idea how it's supposed to feel.
What am I doing wrong or misunderstanding? I really appreciate any help!