Bow for youth. Is there a guideline for draw weight?
I would also suggest getting your son or daughter fitted by a pro. We all develop habits pretty quickly and having a bow that fits you correctly can help down the line.
The draw weight is tough to know without knowing your child and their build. My son is pulling about 20 lbs and is comfortable until release. If anything, don't over do it. Getting them to draw through the cycle evenly is a great habit when in the tree.
And lastly, shoot with them. Make it fun. Shoot matchbooks, shoot for points but get them to enjoy the sport. I can tell you it worked for me and now I can't even think about work come archery season. Probably similar to most of you.
Good Luck, Ratoney
I can honestly say that is the very first time I have ever heard someone say that about Forge. I would love to hear the whole story if you woul like to PM me.
BTW I weighed him at home and he actually weighs 95#, big for a 8 y/o and he has a solid build. I weighed 95# when I was 14 y/o, and shot with a 45# recurve. But as we know muscle development is widley different between 8yo and 14yo.
Its not that 20# draw weight was too much for him but he tended to arch his back to compensate for less developed muscles and undeveloped coordination. Then his elbow is double jointed, so locking his elbow to pull and shoot the bow results in his forearm being in line with the string.
Best to take time to think about this and I see no sense in rushing him into a serious bow like a menace even though thats kid friendly and adjustable from 20# to 50#. Keeping him in a kids bow for now might be better for the sake of maintaining an attitude of fun and accomodate for the usual chilhood behaviors.