Walk back tuning is an easy and accurate way to tune your arrow rest, so it’s advanced tuning by any standards.

Make sure your arrows are numbered so that you can see if every arrow is accurate.

This module consists of tuning tips for a Recurve bow using fingers for release.

The purpose of tuning is to configure the proper combination of nocking points, arrow rest, bow, and arrows. Tuning should begin once you score better than 300 at 18 meters.


Always install the nocking point first.

  • Use a c-clamp type nocking point that is moveable and easy to change; position the nocking point about 3/8″ to 1/2″  above square (height of the arrow rest) to begin.
  • Place the arrow on the arrow rest and nock the arrow on the string.
  • Make sure the nock and string fit are not too tight. A nice snap of the nock and string will indicate a good fit. Hold the bow horizontally, allowing the arrow to swing freely, and snap your finger on the string with a downward motion. The arrow should fall to the ground. If it does not, the nock and string fit may be too tight.


  • We will align the arrow position relative to center shot by adjusting the plunger.
  • Stabilize the bow’s position by setting the lower limb on the floor and leaning the top limb against a wall. Ensure that the bow is nearly vertical.
  • Position yourself so that you can view the alignment of the string relative to the limbs. The bow string should be in the center of both the top and bottom limbs.
  • Nock an arrow and line the string and limbs; glance at the arrow.. For a right handed bow you’ll want the tip of the arrow point to be 1/16″ to 1/8″ outside (to the left) of the bowstring. Adjust the plunger depth until you’ve achieved


You need to be


  1. A target with around three feet of vertical space.
  2. A string or small diameter rope with weight on the end of it, attached to the top of the target so that the string/rope is hanging down, perfectly vertical.
  3. Add a small target at the top of the line, Yellow replacement stickers are typically used. (It needs to be big enough that you can see and aim at it from up to 40-60 yards).
  4. Choose a distance that your comfortable shooting at, where you can group fairly well, but do not go beyond 20 yards.
  5. Shoot 3-5 arrows.  (If the arrows are not grouped well, try again, and preferably where the arrows are hitting on the aiming spot)
  6. CLEARLY mark where they hit…..using the arrow numbers.
  7. Move back ten yards farther than from where you just shot and repeat the process, shooting at the very same spot and get a satisfactory group.
  8. Move back ten yards farther than from where you just shot and repeat the process, shooting at the very same spot and get a satisfactory group.  Continue this process of moving back 10 yards each group until you have groups at least at 20, 30 and 40 yards (more is better).
  9. If your sight is on and your center-shot is perfect, all of the arrow groups will be perfectly aligned with the vertical line.  If the center-shot is not perfect, the target will look something like this: