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BRACE HEIGHT EXPLAINED

COMPOUND BOW BRACE HEIGHT

bowtech assassin brace height demonstrationA bow's BRACE HEIGHT is simply the distance from the string to the pivot point of the bow's grip. You can think of brace height as how close the string will be to your hand (on the hand holding the bow) when the bow is at rest. The closer the string is to your hand, the more work you have to do to get the bow drawn back, since you're starting off farther away from full draw. Of course, pulling a longer powerstroke usually means more speed and power. As a general rule, shorter brace heights yield faster speeds. Taller brace heights tend to yield slower speeds.

But like many things, there's a trade-off to consider here. Short brace height bows are generally less forgiving and require more skill to shoot accurately. Taller brace heights have the opposite effect, limiting the effects of form glitches. So if you're a skilled shooter, you'll probably have little trouble managing an aggressive 6" brace height bow. If you're just learning or have mediocre skills, a little taller brace height will yield better accuracy in most shooting situations.

The average new compound bow has a brace height of approximately 7". In fact, 7 inches seems to be the magic number for some reason - not 6-3/4" or 7-1/4" - but exactly 7". Consumers often see this as the "optimal" brace height - the perfect distance which yields the best blend of forgiveness and performance. Read more about this concept in our Compound Bow Selection Guide.

Whether 7 is in fact the "magic number" or not, over half the bows on the market have 7" brace heights. Bows with 6" brace heights are generally considered to be performance/speed-bows (except when it's a women's or youth bow), and bows with 8" brace heights are generally considered to be competition bows. Anything outside of that 6-8" brace height range is really considered a special-purpose bow.

A SELECTION OF OUR COMPOUND BOW PACKAGES

Parker Eagle

Parker Eagle

RTH Compound Bow Package
$399
SALE!!!Bear Wild

Bear Wild

RTH Compound Bow Package
$499  $474
Bear Cruzer

Bear Cruzer

RTH Compound Bow Package
$499
Bear Shadow Cruzer

Bear Shadow Cruzer

RTH Compound Bow Package
$499
PSE Stinger X

PSE Stinger X

RTH Compound Bow Package
$499
Diamond Infinite Edge<br>Pro

Diamond Infinite Edge
Pro

RTH Compound Bow Package
$525
PSE Brute Force in Camo

PSE Brute Force in Camo

RTH Compound Bow Package
$599
PSE Drive R in Camo

PSE Drive R in Camo

RTH Compound Bow Package
$699
SALE!!!Diamond Deploy SB in Camo

Diamond Deploy SB in Camo

RTH Compound Bow Package
$749  $724
PSE Premonition HD in Black

PSE Premonition HD in Black

RTH Compound Bow Package
$825
Bear Traxx

Bear Traxx

RTH Compound Bow Package
$879
Premonition HD Stiletto

Premonition HD Stiletto

RTH Compound Bow Package
$899
Obsession Knightmare GT

Obsession Knightmare GT

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1199
SALE!!!Obsession Fusion 7

Obsession Fusion 7

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1259  $1209
Bowtech RPM 360 w/ Black Limbs

Bowtech RPM 360 w/ Black Limbs

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1279
Bear Escape Shadow

Bear Escape Shadow

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1299
Obsession DefCon M7

Obsession DefCon M7

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1359
SALE!!!Bear Arena 30 Tactical

Bear Arena 30 Tactical

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1399  $1349
Obsession DefCon 6

Obsession DefCon 6

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1399
Bear Escape Pro

Bear Escape Pro

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1399
Obsession Fusion 6 Special Ops

Obsession Fusion 6 Special Ops

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1399
PSE Decree HD TI

PSE Decree HD TI

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1495
Bowtech RPM 360 Black Ops

Bowtech RPM 360 Black Ops

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1499
Bowtech BTX

Bowtech BTX

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1499
Obsession Fusion 6 Pro

Obsession Fusion 6 Pro

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1525
Bowtech Prodigy

Bowtech Prodigy

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1549
Bowtech Prodigy Black Ops

Bowtech Prodigy Black Ops

RTH Compound Bow Package
$1599