Looking to purchase a new bow, but unsure as to whether I'm a 29, 29.5, or 30" draw. The 29" feels a bit too short at the pro shop, but he believes that is what I am. I feel more comfortable with the 29.5 and 30. I'm 6'1 and my wingspan is about 75.5". Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, how much flexion do you want in you front arm when shooting...Any advice would help... Thanks
Well, this is one of the reasons, I never buy a draw specific bow!!! I have been shoot for quite some time. If I pick up a bow and I can't get more than a half inch adjustment without decreasing let-off or something then it get placed on the shelf very fast.
I am 6'-4 and have a wingspan of 29.75, I believe. There are even a couple of different ideas with the wingspan. But, I am currently shooting most of my bows at 28.5" and do a little setup changing to get to 29.5 or 30".
I would say, the shop knows what he is talking about. I would say you are a 29" or so. I would just stay real clear of a draw specific bow. If you can buy modules or trade cam then that is one thing. But, personally, I like an adjustable module bow. In general, it is a better for accuracy to be a little short than just a little too long. Of course, draw length produces speed, but speed unto itself doesn't create accuracy.
Stance is the main variable to draw length. I use a slightly more open stance than many archers. This allows my bow shoulder to be a little off line of the arrow and my shooting eye to be a little bit more in line with the arrow. This will give me a much steadier hold.
Also, if the draw length is too long, you will never be able to use a hinged back tension release with any reliability.