Shooting a recurve bow can be a fantastic experience. It's a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime and with proper preparation can yield excellent results both on the range and in the woods. But before such skill can be found, the recurve bow shooter must build a solid foundation. He must find a suitable, solid, and repeatable position to shoot from.

Since foundation is the most basic building block of structure, it is the best place to begin with shooting a bow. There are as many varied ways of standing while shooting as there are colors of fletchings for your arrows. What is most important is selecting and using a stance that is comfortable for you. For the purpose of discussion we will cover two extreme positions for a stance and the varied position in between.

The first position to be discussed will be the perpendicular position. In this case the shooter stands completely sideways to the target and feet about shoulder width apart. The feet will be pointed at a 90-degree angle to the shooters target. The bow hangs loosely at the side. This is a good beginning position and one taught by many instructors. Unfortunately not every shooting instance allows for this rigid 90-degree angle stance.

The next position is the forward facing position. It is exactly the opposite of the perpendicular position in that the shooter is squared directly up to the target as if preparing to have conversation with it. Both feet are pointed to the target with one foot, usually the drawing side foot, placed slightly behind the other. This position is a little more complicated to work from, but it does lend itself to hunting and field shooting situations.

The position to discuss is a hybrid position. It is a melding of the first two positions described. This is the authors preferred position. It works well in the field and on the range and most importantly it is comfortable. Take up this position by slightly angling the front toe toward the target at about a 45-degree angle. The back foot should be at a 90-degree angle to the target and the line from target to the instep of the back foot should cross the toe of the front boot.

Experiment with these three positions until you develop a stance that is comfortable for you to shoot from. This is the most important thing about the stance; it must be comfortable for you!

Shooting Positions