Understanding Archery; How to Shoot a Recurve Bow
Author: Alec Potts Date Posted:22 August 2018
This is the first part in a four part series, designed to teach you the basics of how to shoot the 4 main types of bows.
So today we’re going to cover the basics of how to shoot a recurve bow.
A recurve bow is different from a longbow in that the ends of the limbs are curved away from the bow towards the target. A longbow is where the string does not contact the limb, except for the string groove. The recurve is also the only bow currently allowed in the Olympic Games.
- The first step, is to stand on the line with your feet about shoulder width apart.
- Position your hand into the grip.
- Next, load your arrow underneath the nocking point and position it on the arrow rest, level with the pressure button, with one fletch facing away from the riser.
- Then take 3 fingers, placing one above the arrow and two underneath.
- Draw the bow back until the string contacts the front of your nose and your index finger runs underneath your jaw bone.
- Position your sight in the middle of the target
- And to release simply relax your fingers off the bowstring.