A lot of factors add to the accuracy of shooting. One of them is the tightness of the compound bowstring. If you have the skill and know-how to restring a compound bow, it can be very valuable for the field. It may feel intimidating and incomprehensible initially, but as you keep practicing, it will be a permanent skill, like a new feather in the nest. If you are looking for the easiest guide, you have landed on the right post. Just continue reading and start practicing.

For the starters, you can practice on an old bow and then string your primary bow on your own. With that being said, let us learn some basics of stringing a compound bow.

When Do You Need to String Your Bow?

It is a common question to ask how do you know that your bow needs restringing? Well, the simples answer to this is almost regular. Your bow is subjected to wear and tear, and thus the string loosens too often. The limbs may get so loose that they may interfere with your shooting and affect the accuracy and power. So, you may need to restring your bow whenever you feel it is loose at the limbs, and you may need to exert some extra power to push the arrow out.

How to String a Compound Bow?

There are many ways to string a compound bow. Here we will discuss the three most common ways. These include:

Caster and Straight Stringing Method

This method is used for bows that have an adjustable rest or caster. For these types of bows, you should always use a straight string. The advantage of straight string comes in lesser chances of damage to the nock and keeping the bow more centered.

Two-Point or Three-Point Method

As the name indicates, it is for archers with a 3-point or 2-point setup. In the case of a 2-point setup, there is a single piece in the center. On the contrary, in the case of a 3-point setup, you have two minor pieces in the center. The 3-point system is considered more flexible than the 2-point system as the two pieces can be set on any of the squares on the diagonal or any two adjacent squares on the diagonal.

Parallel and Perpendicular Setup

The ideal stringing setup for the hunters is the Parallel method. It allows for aiming the arrow more accurately. The perpendicular is more favorable for target shooters.

Tools You Need For Restringing a Compound Bow

Now we know the different methods to string a bow, it’s time to know about the tools you may need. You may not need a lot of tools for stringing since it is more about technique than actual work. However, you may need:

  • Allen wrench
  • Bowstring
  • Bow Press (optional)

How to String a Compound Bow?

Bellow, there is a step-by-step guide to stringing a compound bow.

Start With Your Limb Bolts

Since we are working with string, the first step would be to looser the limbs. Next, you may want to unscrew any bolts on the upper and lower limb using the Allen wrench. The bolts are for maintaining adequate pressure on the string. To unscrew, move the Allen wrench in the anticlockwise direction. This step makes it easier to remove or add a new string.

Put Your Bow in Position

If you are not stringing using a bow press, you may use other things such as your foot pressure to keep the bow balanced and stable. To do so, put the feet on both the old and new string and draw it in such a way as to fire upward. You may want to pull the bow vertically to achieve this posture. In addition, it will tense the bow, making it easier to add the new string and remove the old one.

Compound Bow String Replacement

In the next step, start replacing your string. You may not want to take your old string altogether before adding the new string. Instead, take the looped part of the string, first moving toward the part going through the bow. Now slowly add the new string. It will allow you to add a loose new string while keeping the bow intact and stable.

Recheck Your New Compound Bow Strings

Once you have added your new string, thoroughly recheck if it is tied correctly. After adding it, successfully take off the old string and put it aside. After that, lower the bow closer to your feet and allow the string to tighten. This step will clarify whether the string is strung correctly or not.

Tighten Your Limb Bolts

Once you have made sure that the new string is tied and secured, you may want to tighten the bolts and increase the bow tension. To tighten, you may need the Allen wrench again but rotate the bolts clockwise.


So, you see, bowstring replacement is no rocket science. If you have the basic knowledge, Which of course you do when you are an archer, you can easily do it on your own. It is noteworthy that one should never take the old string completely before the new string is entirely in place. It increases the chances of bow damage and also inaccuracy in the process. The old string keeps the bow in place while adding the new string and gives you more time to handle the newly added string.