Linear molecular motors translocate along polymeric tracks using discrete steps. The step length is usually measured using constant-force single molecule experiments in which the polymer is tethered to a force-clamped microsphere. During the enzymatic cycle the motor shortens the tether contour length. Experimental conditions influence the achievable step length resolution, and ideally experiments should be conducted with high clamp-force using slow motors linked to small beads via stiff short tethers. We focus on the limitations that the polymer-track flexibility, the thermal motion of the microsphere, and the motor kinetics pose for step-length measurement in a typical optical tweezers experiment. An expression for the signal/noise ratio in a constant-force, worm-like chain tethered particle, single-molecule experiment is developed. The signal/noise ratio is related to the Fourier transform of the pairwise distance distribution, commonly used to determine step length from a time-series. Monte Carlo simulations verify the proposed theory for experimental parameter values typically encountered with molecular motors (polymerases and helicases) translocating along single- or double-stranded nucleic acids. The predictions are consistent with recent experimental results for double-stranded DNA tethers. Our results map favorable experimental conditions for observing single motor steps on various substrates but indicate that principal resolution limits are set by thermal fluctuations.