How to String a Recurve Bow With and Without Stringer

Overall, stringing a bow is not that hard if you have the proper equipment called a stringer. However, doing this requires you to be very careful and pay attention to avoid hurting yourself with a limb of the bow under stress. In this article, I’ll show you how to string a Recurve bow with and without stringer so don’t worry if you don’t have one.

How to string a Recurve bow with a stringer

Step 1: Place the string over the tips of the bow

First, slide the large loop of the string over the upper limb of your bow and make sure to position the string on the proper side of your bow. Next, place the small loop of the string into the notch of the lower limb so that it can fit snugly. The string should have a lot of slack as your bow now is stable in a relaxed position.

Note: The lower limb is located on the heavier side of the handle and most of the cases, the draw weight of the bow is marked on this limb.

Step 2: Place the string pocket over the tip of the lower limb

In case the stringer features 2 pockets, then the larger pocket will fit over the lower limb. And this should cover the small loop of the string, stabilizing it in the groove. If the small loop is not secure, then you need to wrap a rubber band around the loop of the string as tightly as possible.

Step 3: Put the small saddle or pocket onto the upper limb

If the string features 2 pockets, just put the small one over the tip of the upper limb. In case the tool has a leather or rubber pad or a saddle on an end, slide this over the upper limb and just below the loop of the string. Place the saddle just behind the loop about 3 inches from the tip.

Some saddles can be fixed against the bow, while with some other models, you have to keep it in place. Also, you should make sure that the dimpled surface presses against the limb so this can’t cause too much friction.

Step 4: Hold your bow horizontal

Now, hold the grip of the bow with your left hand (if your dominant hand is your right hand). Hold the bow horizontally and your dominant hand should be near the upper string limb. Keep the loose string loop in place all the time. Handle your bow so that the tips of the limb point upward with the stringer and bowstring underneath.

Step 5: Step on your stringer

Bend from your waist to lower the bow so that the tool, not the string, can touch the floor. Use both of your feet to step on the stringer, just about shoulder-width apart. If you are afraid that the cord slips off your feet, step on the stringer with the balls of your feet instead of the arches.

Step on your stringer

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In case you’re using a saddle-bow stringer, just hold the saddle in place use with your one hand. Additionally, using one foot is okay but if you’re looking for extra stability, it’s best to plant both feet. This is especially important for both children and short adults.

Step 6: Draw your bow

Next, take up the slack in the stringer and make sure you keep a tight grip on the bow. Get ready to pull it upward by bending the limbs towards the floor.

Step 7: Fit the loose loop onto the notch

Right after you pull the bow up, slide the large or loose string loop up so that it can fit into the notch which is near the bow tip. Confirm the string is properly fixed in the groove by running a finger over the loop. Make sure to keep the finger on the string, this way, you can immediately stop if something slips off suddenly. Keep lowering your bow until the tool is loose. You must not rush this step, or else the loose string will slip off and you know what’ll happen to your face, right?

How to string your bow without a stringer

Now, let’s move onto the more challenging part: How to string your bow by hands. It may sound impossible but it’s not. Even though a stringer is very helpful for this but if you don’t have it, you can still string your bow. However, of course, this requires more effort and skills. Let’s get this straight. Stringing a bow by hand is possible but it’s not recommended as you might damage your equipment or even worse, hurt yourself.

So if you think you’re experienced enough, here is the Step through a method that can help you string your bow with ease:

Step 1: Prepare your recurve bow

First, slide a string over the top all the way down. On the other end, string it in the groove properly.

Step 2: Locate the bow on the side to your body

Next, if your right hand is the dominant one, place your left leg on the string and remember to make sure that the curve of the bow points away from your face.

Step 3: Loop the bowstring through the bow

Place your left hand at the top of the bow and try to hold it near your chest as tight as possible. Then use your right hand, which is also your dominant hand, to slide the string upward and loop it through your bow.

How to string a Recurve bow with a stringer

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Step 4: Double-check it

After stringing the bow, step out and double-check it before you use it.

Final thoughts

Have you known how to string a Recurve bow with and without stringer yet? To be honest, stringing a recurve bow is not a difficult task if you have the right equipment which is a stringer. However, if you have to do this by hand, this is a lot more challenging and your arms have to be strong enough for this. Besides, I believe that there are many other methods to string a bow without a stringer but I find the Step through step the best and easiest.