(music playing) “Hi NU Sensei, my name is Archer McArcherface, I’m looking for a new bow, I’m 15 years old, 5 foot 9 (175cm), and 17…” I DON’T CARE! Look, don’t take this personally, I do care enough to give you right advice for your bow. But all these things you’re telling me – your age, your gender, your height, your weight. These things don’t matter. Firstly, I’m sorry for Americans watching this, I don’t follow the imperial measurement system, so that’s one annoyance I have already. I didn’t grow up in a time, where we used imperial measurements in Australia, so so I have to convert what you say to metric, otherwise it makes no sense to me. I don’t know how much a pound weighs, I don’t know how much an inch is or foot is. So I can figure it out, but it doesn’t mean anything to me. Secondly, what you are providing me, doesn’t really matter in any way. Now I get it is a courtesy thing, where you are being safe and you’re asking about… I’m providing measurements as a benchmark to know where I’m at. But it still doesn’t affect anything I’d advise you. You could tell me your shoe size. And I still won’t change my advice. That’s how meaningless these stats are. Your age, your height, and especially your weight, it has absolutely no influence on what draw weight you use, or what bow you use. I get this all the time, and people say this as if it means something. I’m not sure if you’re humble bragging or you’re actually concerned about the weight you draw. But your body weight doesn’t affect anything in archery. So when people tell me this, and say “I weigh bla blah pounds.” I’m not sure what to make of it, because I’m still going to give you the same advice as every other person who asks the same question. And to make this even more annoying, there are sites and tables and charts, which actually do recommend particular draw weights based on your body type and your weight, or a general statement like: “If you are an adult with an average strength, then you should use a 35 pound bow. If you are an adult female with below average strength, then use…” This doesn’t make any sense! The bow you use, is not based on your weight, or your age, or your gender necessarily. There are general rules and guidelines that these charts aren’t saying the right thing, because the problem with these tables and these recommendations, is that people will slot themselves into what they think is the right category. You might think “Okay, well I’m athletic, so I am an adult male with above average strength.” And what ends up happening, is that you put yourself in this archetype, this pigeon hole, this category, where you don’t want to be labelled as something else like a weakling or a wimp. So you say I’m average or above average, and therefore I’ll get a 50 pound bow. And what happens is that, you find out very quickly you can’t use it. And the reality is that, archery uses muscles you don’t normally use. So even if you are an athletic person, it’s likely you haven’t built up the right muscles. You can’t use the bow you just bought. Really, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, or how strong you claim to be. I’m still going to recommend the same draw weights 20 to 30 pounds. Preferably lower, because archery is not about strength, I’ve done so many videos on draw weight egos and people making this mistake. It’s not about strength, it’s not about showing off how much you can lift, or pull in this case. It’s not a competition. Your draw weight is purely based on what you can comfortably handle, because archery is a technique sport, it’s a form sport. And you can only learn good form on a lighter controllable weight. Only when you have a grasp of the basics and good technique and have built up some conditioning can you make the jump to a higher draw weight. But don’t get this idea in your head, where you are strong, therefore you must use a heavy bow. It just doesn’t work that way. The reason why a lot of people, including myself, recommend a 30 pound bow for your first bow, is because it’s a tradeoff between light controllable weight, and enough power to have some fun, and do some mid range shooting. That’s ok. But it doesn’t mean everybody can use one, and the reality is – a lot of adults can’t pull a 30 pound bow back. It seems discouraging to some people, especially if you’re a naturally strong guy. But having taught hundreds of people, young and old, 30 pounds is pushing the average person, they can barely control the bow. Now after some time of practice and conditioning, yes, it’s easily achievable. 30 pounds is well within the capacity of most people young and old. But it takes time to get to. Now, if you start too high, too soon, then you won’t get there, that’s the reality. You start too low, you can always move up. But I say 30 pounds and no more, because I’ve seen so many people struggle on a higher draw weight, just because their extra 5 pounds or 10 pounds stroke their ego and they think “yes I can handle it.” But they shoot like crap. Back to the point, however, these measurements, that you tell me, your age, your height, and especially your weight, they don’t determine what you can handle. You can be a very heavy person, but be very unfit. You can be a very skinny person, but be very well toned. But either way, I don’t care how tall you are, how heavy you are, or how strong you are, I’m still going to give the same draw weight recommendations. 20 to 30 pounds preferrably on the lower side. So understand that, if you’re giving me these numbers and you’re asking for a draw weight, I’m going to pretty much copy-paste the same response – 20 to 30 pounds. I might be slightly annoyed because people keep shoving these figures in my face, saying: “Here’s my height, here’s my weight, what’s my draw weight?” Because I don’t calculate draw weight based on any of these factors. I ignore the fact that you might be a strong adult male. There are exceptions, people, who are long term swimmers for example or rowers might have the capacity already to use a heavy bow. I still don’t recommend it, but if you want to use it, you probably can, but the fact is if you want specifically want to use a 45 pound or 55 pound bow, then you probably don’t need to ask me, you’re going to ignore my advice anyway, so I’m always going to give you the advice that’s suitable for the lower end of people, or the average person. I don’t assume you’re exceptional, and it would be a mistake for me to say because you weigh 70 kilograms, you can use a 50 pound bow. It doesn’t work that way. So just understand, it’s one of my annoyances that people ask me questions, and I love taking questions. But this is a very frequently seen thing, and I just want you to understand, that your weight doesn’t determine what you can and can’t do, especially in archery. You can see skinny people shoot heavy bows, you see heavier people shoot light bows, it doesn’t matter. It’s all based on skill and confidence and experience, and not your weight. So the question for today is: What draw weight did you start with? And why did you choose that? Post your comments below. This is NU Sensei, bringing you another archery annoyance.