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How do I measure my string length?

Updated: Apr 24

If you have been able to really get to know how your bow performs best and fine tune your brace height, you might want to get more specific about the length of your string. Also if you prefer a certain number of twists in your string, it may also be necessary to customize your string length beyond the manufacturer recommendation. Here's how to measure your string to get the same length for your next string.

What you will need:

  • A tape measure

  • A bow stringer (to remove your string from your bow)

  • A nail in a fixed location (or a friend to hold one end)

Bow string illustration showing how to measure length

How to measure:

  1. Remove your string from your bow

  2. Hook one end of your string to a fixed point, such as a nail (or have someone hold it for you)

  3. While leaving all the twists in your string, measure from loop tip to loop tip with just enough tension to keep the string straight

This string length can be duplicated in your next string! Just provide that measurement with your order.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!


Note: This method is not reliable when measuring a Dacron string.

A note on AMO* measuring specifications: Some string makers will make your string to a specified length under 100 pounds of tension. That's great if every customer has the means to be able to measure their string under 100 pounds of tension. Since that is not typically the case, we prefer the above method as it is more accessible to archers.

*Archery Manufacturers Organization which is now the ATA (Archery Trade Association)

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