Brace Height (Fistmele) Settings for Your Bob Lee

Brace height is a critical component of tuning any traditional bow, and it is no different for your Bob Lee recurve or longbow. Brace height references the distance between the most inward point of the handle grip to the bowstring (see illustration). This is also known as Fistmele, with Saxon origins denoting the measurement of a clenched hand with the thumb extended.

A higher brace height setting can reduce bow vibration and noise. A lower brace height can increase arrow velocity. HOWEVER: Setting the brace height too low can increase noise, result in poor arrow flight and reduce efficiency – but worst-case, a low brace height can permanently damage your bow.

How to Raise or Lower Your Brace Height

Twisting your bowstring will reduce its length and increase your brace height. Untwisting your bowstring or installing a longer bowstring will decrease your brace height. (Avoid completely untwisting flemish style bowstrings as string failure may occur). Experiment to find the brace height measurement that allows your bow to perform at its best with your particular style of shooting.

Here are our recommended brace heights for a Bob Lee bow, but please note: You may need to adjust 1/8″ up or down to find your “sweet spot”. If you have any questions, please reach out to us for help