Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall

Throat of grip circumference

Messages posted to thread:
Ruttinghard 24-May-22
fdp 24-May-22
George D. Stout 24-May-22
Orion 24-May-22
M60gunner 24-May-22
dnovo 24-May-22
bluesman 24-May-22
Darryl/Deni 24-May-22
Ruttinghard 25-May-22
Yellah Nocks 25-May-22
From: Ruttinghard
Date: 24-May-22

I know this will vary by hand size, but what do you like the throat of the grip to be around? What circumference range works well for you? Talking R/D longbows if you want that specific. How much thought or importance do you place on it?

From: fdp
Date: 24-May-22

That is a big part of the "fit" thing so it has different degree's of importance to different folks.

For me personally it is pretty important. Just as an example I have been messing with an old Savage Deathmaster and the circumference is 5.25" and it fits me really well. Would a bow not being exactly that circumference be a deal breaker....I doubt it.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 24-May-22

I like to be able to loosely wrap my fingers around the bow so my thumb and forefinger can connect, but not grip. I don't have a big deal with some that are slightly bigger or smaller, you know when you pick it up if you've shot any length of time.

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-May-22

Throat circumference doesn't make much difference to me. It's the relationship between the heel and throat that's more important for me. A high heel/wrist pushes my hand up into the throat under the rest more than i want it to. I prefer a low heel/wrist, even better if it's paired with a throat on the large size.

From: M60gunner
Date: 24-May-22

I like a skinny throat. I like my thumb to overlap my trigger finger. That’s on recurve bows. My R/D LB’s have a fairly slim riser with a slight locator grip. I tend to “get ahold of it”. My thumb just touches my trigger finger. I had a Black Widow with a “fat” grip. Really never could get that comfortable with it.

From: dnovo Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-May-22

I had my latest longbow made with the grip I specified. It’s 5 1/8 circumference.

From: bluesman
Date: 24-May-22

I’ve noticed all my Older BEAR bows have all different handles regardless if there the same model . It would be nice to try one out before you buy it but not practical when there far away before purchasing.

I think I have one that feels funny to me , but all the other variances I seem to be able to adapt .

From: Darryl/Deni
Date: 24-May-22

Personally I like it to be as narrow as possible in a recurve and it is something I really look for in a new bow. My wife (Deni) likes a wide thick grip and she has a small hand so I guess it is personal preference.

From: Ruttinghard
Date: 25-May-22

Thanks for the replies. I have 2 bows, one at 5”, one 5 1/4. I think right between them would be perfect at 5 1/8”, like dnovo mentioned they like. I’m surprised I can tell that little bit of difference. Just was curious, thanks again all!

From: Yellah Nocks
Date: 25-May-22

I have not actually measured my bows for grip throat diameter, but they feel kinda on the skinny side to me(2xl glove size here). The last bow grip that I truly recall LOVING was, actually, a compound metal riser bow called Nemesis, by Xi Archery back in 1995. I could shoot one inch groups all day with that bow, and it had a VERY meaty grip.

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