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Recurve Bow setup

This page is intended for those archers who have purchased their own bow, string, arrows and any accessories that be required. 

When you purchased your bow the supplier should give you some indication what type of arrow (grade, length, spine, etc) needed and may have sold a set to you. Once you have these it will be necessary to ‘tune’ the bow to perfectly match your arrows. The following list procedures for the commonest bow types. They may seem detailed and complicated but they are not - they’re quite easy to perform and shouldn’t take too long - ask a coach who can talk/walk you through it.

Remember, with each addition or change (new string, bow attachments, etc) you may need to re-tune your bow.

Recurve bows

Keith has a copy of the DVD "The Way of the Arrow" available for members to borrow. It is made by Archery GB, features top UK Archers, discusses physical and mental conditioning and looks at what equipment would be suited to your needs.

For tuning your recurve bow the following are useful documents:

  • Tuning your bow (pdf, 142kb) in order to get the most efficient response from your bow. Fairly straightforward advice;
  • the Easton Arrow tuning guide (pdf, 1.6 MB) is an excellent source of information - highly recommended;
  • Recurve equipment tuning - published by World Archery - very detailed advice.
  • another excellent and comprehensive source of information is the Archer's Reference, issued by Balbardie Archers of Scotland.
  • "Tuning stabilisers” which are not a substitute for good technique - get this as good as possible first. You would normally buy/install these after you've achieved some level of consistently good technique - usually when you are ready to purchase yor own bow. Talk to a coach or contact Paul G if you’d like a copy of this document.

A useful interactive guide on selecting arrows for your bow is available - but speak to a coach first if you’re not sure what’s best for you.

Updated 22 July 2019

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