Lately, we've been getting a lot of questions about our archery tag bows. We would like to take this opportunity here to address some of these questions and provide some helpful clarification.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions:
- Do you have custom bows for younger children and female participants?
- What is the draw weight of the bow?
- Would I be strong enough to shoot the arrow?
And the number one question asked: Would I have enough strength to pull the string and shoot the arrow far enough? In order to answer these questions, we would need to first better understand what draw weight is.
Draw weight is the maximum amount of force you will use while drawing your bow. This is important as draw weight determines – 1) how much weight an archer can pull, 2)how much energy the arrow will have and 3) how far the arrow will travel.
At T.A.G, only one-type of bow, with a standard draw weight of 25-28 lbs, is provided and used. This is considered a safe draw weight for non-experienced archers and suitable for large range of individuals with various age and built. As much as we’d like to offer customers with bows of different draw weights, this would, in fact, violates the agreement with the Archery Tag Head Office. We are hoping this rule may be changed in the future.
Below is a chart that will help you determine the appropriate starting draw weight based on your body weight and gender. Simply read and find the description on the left-hand column that best suits you, and then refer to the suggested draw weight on the right column. Based on this chart, you should be able to determine if our bow is suitable for you.
Archer's Weight Suggested Draw Weight
Small Children (50-80 lbs.) 15-20 lbs
Larger Children (80-110 lbs.) 20-28 lbs
Small-Frame Female (100-130 lbs.) 25-30 lbs
Medium-Frame Female (130-160 lbs) 25-35 lbs
Small-Frame Male (120-150 lbs) 30-45 lbs
Medium-Frame Male (150-180 lbs) 40-55 lbs
Large-Frame Females (160+ lbs) 30-45 lbs
Large Frame Men (180+ lbs) 45-60 lbs
Please keep in mind the numbers in the chart are estimations and suggestions only. They are mostly suitable for beginners who have never shot a real recurve bow before, or who have very limited experience with archery. You may be able to handle less or more of the suggested draw weight depending on your physical condition, stamina and skills. One thing for certain is that as you gain more experience shooting recurve bows, your strength will obviously increase and be able to handle more draw weight.
Another important fact to know - the bigger the draw weight, the more powerful the shoot is. For example, it would take a draw weight of 100 lbs to kill a bear. The archery tag bow has a special design feature that only allows a maximum draw weight of 28 lbs. Knowing that in a typical game of archery tag, it often involves players with different size, gender and age. The restricted draw weight keeps the game well balance, safe and fun for everyone. Of course, more skillful players would have higher accuracy to keep the game competitive.