Do you want to learn how to shoot a recurve bow?

The good news is…

It’s not nearly as hard as you might think, and I am going to show you everything you need to know to get started.

Here are the 4 major sections in this article:

  1. Stringing a Recurve

  2. Recurve Bow Accessories

  3. What to Work On First

  4. The Best Shot Cycle for shooting a Recurve Bow

Getting Started In Archery

One of the fastest ways to get started in archery is shooting a recurve bow. Unlike compound bows that have a pulley system of cables on wheels and cams, the traditional recurve bow is quite simple; the bow and the string.

But don’t let that fool you.

Shooting a recurve bow accurately is a challenge and  it takes practice. The awesome thing is anyone can learn how to shoot a recurve bow and by following the steps in this article, you will be shooting accurately in no time.

The Common Denominator for Good Recurve Archers

If archery were incredibly easy, there would be a lot fewer archers. Yes, your read that correctly. Archery is a challenging sport and that is what makes it so great. But don’t let that scare you because another reason archery is great is that anyone can be a good archer if they are willing to practice.

A part of what makes archery challenging is the changing variables, like shooting conditions and equipment. Despite the changing variables you can be a good archer with consistent form. Consistent form helps you shoot tight groups (a close grouping of arrows). Even if a variable like wind causes your grouping to be left of center, you are able to make a slight adjustment and be shooting center in no time.

Consistency is Key

While consistency is key in archery, this does not mean that every archer has the same technique. If you’ve ever watched an Olympic or Championship archery competitions, you’ve noticed that every archer is different. While there are similarities in how they shoot and the equipment they use, every archer is unique and utilizes both equipment and technique that best helps them to be accurate.

The common denominator you will find among the best archers in the world is that they are always consistent.Becoming a consistant archery starts when you CORRECTLY learn how to shoot a recurve bow. This means learning and practicing good shooting form. This is what sets apart the good archer.

Here is a short video of me testing out Southwest Archery’s Spyder XL

1. Stringing A Recurve

If you want to learn how to shoot a recurve bow, you first must learn how to string your bow. A recurve bow needs to be strung correctly to avoid incorrectly torquing the limbs. If a bow is not strung correctly, that stress on the limbs can ruin the bow permanently or even causes serious injury.

If you have never strung a bow before, it is a good idea to have someone experienced give you a demonstration and help your first time. You also need to set a nocking point on bowstring. This is not very difficult and you can read my step by step article on how to tie a nocking point on a recurve bow to help you.


There are several methods that can be used to string a recurve bow. The easiest and safest method is to use a bowstringer when you first learn how to shoot a recurve bow. A bowstringer attaches is a cord that attaches to both ends of the bow limbs. Then, by stepping on the cord and pulling up on bow, you bend the limbs down which enables you to safely hook on the bowstring.

These vary somewhat in design but all essentially function the same way. One bowstringer is a cord or rope with a leather pocket on each end. This type actually works better for longbows. A better-designed bowstringer for recurves will have the same cord with a pocket only on one end and saddle or flat piece with a loop on the other end.

How To String A Bow With A Bowstringerlearn how to shoot a recurve bow

1. Slide the larger loop OVER the upper limb and slide the smaller loop into the string groove on the lower limb. You will want to take care on this step to make sure the bowstring loop is correctly seated in the groove.