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Location: indianapolis
Joined: 08/16/2008
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new to bow, could use a little help

Got my first bow last winter, a parker trailblazer from gander mt.. set up with 26" draw, and a 60# pull. Recently i bought a dimaond marquise with a 29" draw and 60#. I am 6' so the guy at gander mt. thought 29" would fit me better. Anyway, after first 20 or 30 shots with the new bow i had pain in both shoulders which is new to me, and i end up slapping my forearm once a week. Do i need a shorter draw? any info would be helpful, cant get much help locally.
TIA, david

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Location: Western MA
Joined: 07/29/2008
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See a true archery professional

No one on here can tell you for sure that you need a shorter or longer draw. it could be your form that is causing you to slap your arm. You really need to go to a trained professional. There must be an archery shot around your area. I am not taking anything away from Gander mountain cause it is a great place, but most of the time the guys in there don't have all the proper training. A real professional will tell you straight up whether your bow is right for you and will tune it properly for you. Before you know it you will be shooting good tight groups. Speaking from experience go see a trained pro and find out for sure if you have the right draw lengh. Shooting too long of a draw length is one of the most common problems new bow hunters make. Good luck and good hunting

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Location: Wa.
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new to bow, could use a little help

When they sold you the bow. Did they measure you for draw length. It is critical to have the proper draw length on a compound bow.

When you hold the bow in shooting position. The arm that is holding the bow should have a slight bend at the elbow. This will prevent you from "slapping" your forearm.

There are several ways to set up a bow for draw length.
1. Shooting with fingers
2. Shooting with a "D" ring or loop.
3. Shooting with a release directly off the string
All three of these will have a slight difference draw length.
Also, Where and how you anchor your draw will have a determination on draw length.

As was said. It would be best to find an archery pro shop and have them set up the bow. From then on. You'll have a good idea of what to do.

I hope that bow has some adjustment to it. From what you explained. It sounds as if they guessed on your length and the bow may be a bit long.

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Location: Lynnwood, WA
Joined: 11/24/2007
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Draw lenght

I read an article (Achieving Archery Exellance) in the Wa-Or Game & Fish magazine. It said that the most accurate method to measure draw length is to have someone place a tape measure behind your back and measure from the tip of the middle finger one one hand to the tip of other middle finger. Take that measurement and divide by 2.5. Hope this helps!!