Archery Tutorial


WARNING - Bows are deadly weapons. Always abide by all safety advisements. Children should ALWAYS be supervised by an adult. Terminology |  Bow Length |  Draw weight |  Assembly |  Brace height |  Strings |  Tuning |  Before you shoot |  Safety
Adjusting Brace Height (Fistmele)
Brace height, or fistmele is the perpendicular distance from the bowstring to the pivot point of the handle. This height is an important aspect of tuning. The following chart gives you the recommended brace height range for the average recurve bow.

Brace Height Range Chart (Standard Limbs)
Riser Length Long Limbs Medium Limbs Short Limbs
Short Riser (23") 8 1/2 - 9 1/4”
21.5 - 23.5 cm
8 1/4 - 9”
21 - 22.8 cm
8 - 8 3/4”
20.5 - 22 cm
Long Riser (25") 8 3/4 - 9 1/2”
22 - 24 cm
8 1/2 - 9 1/4”
21.5 - 23.5 cm
8 1/4 - 9”
21 - 22.8 cm

Slight adjustments can be made to the string to adjust brace height. Adding twists will increase the brace height while removing twist will decrease the brace height. Generally, more than 50 or less than 10 twists in a string is not reccommended. Optimum brace height is one that gives a smooth bow action, good arrow flight, tight grouping and often yields the quietest shot.