Compound bows with a 29-inch draw length fit many archers and have become very popular nowadays.
Its popularity also increases the need for finding the best arrow length for a 29” draw.
While I actually can’t answer this question as everyone has their own suitable preferences, I can help by giving you the most common choices.
I’ve used these formulas to help me choose the proper length, so allow me to share them with you.
There are safety guidelines that you must remember if you want to be ready for hunting day.
- The Most Common Arrow Length for a 29” Draw
- Safety Notice
- Frequently Asked Questions
The Most Common Arrow Length for a 29” Draw
There are many factors that define arrow length: the bow’s draw lengths, bow type, and position of the arrow rest.
Based on most users’ choices, I can say that the most common arrow length for a 29” draw is 27.5”.
I personally use this length for my bow, so I can say it’s a safe and accurate choice for most archers.
In the past, it was believed that the length was equal to or could even surpass the draw length.
But with modern centershot cutaway compound bows, the length can be decreased. The reduction improves power, accuracy, and consistency.
That’s why the proper arrow length should be a little shorter than the given draw.
As long as the arrow can reach the rest, basically, any value for length is acceptable!
Since it’s shorter than the normal length, the shot will be more powerful and precise.
And it still isn’t too short to fall off the rest so it prevents health hazards for archers.
Indeed, if you’re drawing at 29”, using a 27.5” carbon arrow would be ideal for the best results.
But as I’ve said, there isn’t only one single perfect option. If you’re a newbie who just got into bowhunting, this is something you should remember.
Based on the user’s body size, style, or stance, there are a lot of other suitable values for the length for a 29-inch draw.
The values can be anywhere from 28”, 26” or even 30”. If you don’t know which is the right one for you, just follow my tips below.
Other Options for Arrow Length for a 29” Draw
1. If the Arrow Length Is Equal to Draw Length:
If the length of the arrow and the draw are the SAME, you don’t need to make complex calculations.
Just buy an arrow that has a length equal to your bow’s draw. For example, a 29-inch draw length bow will need a 29” arrow.
If the lengths are equal, then the arrow will stay on the rest and stay consistent.
It also won’t be too long to eventually become limber since excessive length on an arrow will make it limber and affect the arrow flight.
An equal length for arrows will help you to shoot accurately and powerfully. It’s the best option for beginners or just about everyone.
2. If the Arrow Is 1” Shorter:
This is actually the SAFEST cut for an arrow. Most of the time, 1” shorter won’t make your arrow fall off the rest.
I like using an arrow 1” shorter because it allows for more powerful shots. It’s ideal for someone who is afraid of cutting the arrow too much.
My shots are faster and more penetrative, while your overall performance will also be better.
But you should also know that such a length isn’t so suitable for hunting.
This length is used more for PRACTICE or target shooting because it lacks arrow stiffness.
Arrow stiffness is important when shooting far distances and for certain hunting areas.
3. If the Arrow Is 1” 1/4 Shorter:
This is the second safest option to choose for arrow length.
Often, a 1” cut isn’t a satisfying length for skilled archers because it’s still a long arrow that is heavier and slower.
A heavy weight can affect the flight of the arrow since it’ll end up bending it until the arrow reaches the target. It decreases the overall accuracy.
The excessive weight also means less kinetic power and penetration. You may hit the target but you won’t be able to kill it and so you’ll lose your game.
Overall though, a 1”1/4 less than the bow’s draw length is still a good option. But I only recommend it for practice and indoor shooting.
4. If the Arrow Is 1” 1/2 Shorter:
Experienced archers will usually choose this arrow length.
A half-inch less than the previous one may not be too different, but the results lead to significant changes.
Your shots will dramatically improve in many aspects like power, speed, and precision.
Because it’s still quite risky to cut away 2” from your arrow, a length of 1” 1/2 is the safest and best choice.
If you’re using a compound bow with a 29-inch draw, then the length should be 29” – 1.5” = 27.5”.
For most modern bows and risers, that measurement is still acceptable. The arrow will likely stay on the arrow rest which is vital.
This means that using arrows that are 1”1/2 shorter than their draw lengths can greatly improve your results without being too risky.
5. If the Arrow is 2” Shorter:
Many people DON’T usually recommend this cut even though it can offer the most powerful and precise shots.
This is since if you cut 2” down from a normal arrow, then it may not reach the target and just stay on the arrow rest.
If you’re shooting with such a bow, you may encounter problems.
In some cases, people even get injured or end up injuring the people around them during the shooting as well.
I suggest that you only try this strategy if you know and are sure that you’re actually capable of handling it.
1. If the Arrow Is Too Short:
An arrow that is too short can actually also be harmful to you.
The arrow rest is the FOUNDATION of an arrow. It helps the arrow stay still and preserve the arrow flight.
Without it, you will never hit your target. The arrow will go up or down as there’s nothing to hold them.
If you shoot when the arrow isn’t on the rest, there are chances it will go into obstacles. It can stab either the riser or the grip, resulting in breaks or snaps.
You can also destroy your entire bow all because of a loss of some inches from your arrow length.
Moreover, when it breaks, the arrow can send sharp pieces into your hands or arms, which are obvious safety hazards.
And if you’re really unlucky, you can even shoot the arrow straight into your hands. It’s very risky so I advise you to take caution.
2. If the Arrow Is Too Long:
If an arrow that is too short isn’t allowed, an arrow that is too long isn’t good either.
The extra weight of a longer arrow shaft slows and weakens the arrow.
A long arrow will likely go down quicker in its flight and then miss the target or deadly zone of the animal.
The excess length of the arrow makes it more limber, increasing the arrow spine and affecting the flight.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Cut Arrows to the Appropriate Length Myself?
Yes, it is possible to have your arrows to to the appropriate length!
However, I recommend having a professional do this as if the length is just off by a tiny bit, it could throw off your entire performance.
Leave it up to the professionals to find the most accurate measurements without compromising the arrow’s integrity.
Do Heavier Arrows Fly Faster?
No, heavier arrows are not as fast as lighter arrows.
After all, just like bullets, lighter arrows have higher kinetic energy, which will allow them to travel faster and through longer distances.
However, if power is what you need, heavier arrows allow for more momentum, making it easier to pass through an animal.
At this point, I can say that 27.5” is the ideal length for a 29” draw.
1” 1/2 less from the normal length brings more power, accuracy, and consistency.
It’s the length that I’ve been using ever since, and I haven’t been disappointed yet! Now go ahead and choose the right arrow length for you!
FINAL TIP: Now that you know more about the ideal arrow length for you, I recommend learning more about restringing bows and the costs along with it.