I am new to archery, looking at getting my first bow in the next few weeks, prob. after 1st of the year. What do the dimensions of brace height represent and how does this affect shooting the bow or the individual.
In a nut shell, the lower the number for the brace height means faster arrow speeds but less forgiving bow they used to be called a "SHOOTER'S" bow (around my town) because a "shooter" had great form. The higher the number the slower the arrow speed but the easier to shoot...more forgiving.
Great info, thanks. I'm really trying to educate myself as much as I can before I just jump out there and make a purchase. I tell the old lady at least once a day I can't wait to get a bow. I just want to make sure I purchase one that will benefit me for a few years before buying another.
Well if you have a 27" draw or less you'd be fine going with a 7" BH. 28-30" look for a 7 1/2 - 8". You want to learn to shoot the lights out, then speed can just be an afterthought. Basically, the more BH, the further back the pivot point that straightens out the bow at full draw. Since you won't be able to grip "exactly" the same every time, the extra BH helps straighten the bow out and reduce torque at full draw. This happens moreso in the woods out of a treestand (and under pressure), but it'll take you a very long time anyway to really grip the same every time without thinking about it.
A bow with a higher brace height or deflexed riser will ALWAYS be more stable and less prone to torque. No exception if comparing apples to apples. Good advise here----look at a 35-38" bow with a 7-8" brace height or more.
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