How to String a Recurve Bow
Figuring out how to string a recurve bow when you are new to the sport can be frustrating. A quick search on Google will get you a handful of answers. If you have a lighter bow, then you might come across the foot bracing method. Others will try to teach you the step through method. Since the probability of injury occurring or a limb twisting is high with these methods, I recommend using a
recurve bow stringer.
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To get started, you should start with the string. Most recurve bows should come with a string. Compare the loops that are on either end of the string. Slide the side of the string with a larger loop onto the top limb, and pull it on towards the riser so that it rests lower than the grooves of the limb tip. Put the side of the string with a small loop into the groove on the bottom limb so that it is secure and snug on the bottom limb.
This next step will differ depending on the recurve bow stringer that you purchased. The stringer should have pouches, cups, or clips on both ends. One of the pouches will be slightly deeper that the other. The deeper pouch is the one that you should put on the bottom limb. Remember that this is the side that already has the string in place. I always double check it just to make sure the probability of an accident happening are minimized. You should then place the shallow end of the stringer on the top limb. Ensure that they are securely in place before you proceed.
Place your foot on the stringer under the riser (the handle/grip). Pull upward, and as straight as possible, on the riser with one hand. You must continue to pull up until the limbs are flexed enough so that you can slide the larger loop onto the top limb tip and hook it onto the groove of the limb. That is why this pocket on the stringer is slightly smaller than the other. It gives you the extra space that you need to slide the sting into place.
Slowly let down the bow and carefully remove the recurve bow stringer. Check both limb tips to ensure that the string has been placed on the bow properly. Once that has been affirmed, you are ready to shoot!