Suppose you do something well, and we give you accessories that could enhance your performance to the next level, wouldn’t you want it? That’s exactly what the compound bow makers tried to do. With conventional bows, you use your upper body strength to throw your arrow such that it hits the target. However, with compound bows, you get added pulleys, pins, and sights to help you throw your arrow and hit your target better.

So why did we tell you all of these things? Because in order to understand how to aim a compound bow, you needed to understand what a compound bow was. Now that you’re ready let’s get started on the aiming process.

How to Aim Compound Bow Stepwise

Better to dive into this article, here we discuss the details on how to aim a compound bow. 

Let’s start: 

Release Muscles 

Do you know that we are playing in a competitive situation, we tend to get way more stressed than we would if we were playing alone or with friends. Obvious, isn’t it? But did you know that this stress makes your muscles tensed and stiff, which in turn affects how you throw your arrow? Even compound bows can’t save you and make you hit better if you have stiff muscles. Hence the first thing that you need to do is to make sure that your shoulders are relaxed. Stretching and warming up your neck and upper back are your best bets.

Adjust Feet 

Like golfers need to adjust their stance before they hit their hit, so do archers. So pay good attention to how you are standing when you are preparing to throw the arrow. Both your feet and leg need to be in the right position in order to make sure that you hit your aim correctly. Because when you are thrown off-balance due to poor posture, you will not be able to hit the target with your wrong feet stance.

It usually happens that aimers tend to stand at ninety degrees to their targets and place their feet shoulder-width apart. However, for an archer’s better posture, your lead foot can be bent at a slightly outward angle. But no leaning!

Grasp Bow 

Bows can be of plenty of types, but how you grasp it shouldn’t be a thing you still debate on. If you still haven’t learned how to grasp your bow, now should be the time. Practice such that it comes to you naturally with the grip on the lower thumb. In no state shall you try to squeeze the bow.

Find Anchors 

Here, anchors actually mean anchor points. When you pull the arrow backward, certain sections of the bow touch your face or mildly graze on it. These points are basically the anchor points. Since faces differ and grapes differ, anchor points differ from person to person. But there is the same basic idea of the following.

Hand to Face

This is the point on your face where your hand touches when you pull the arrow backward. How long your draw is and how you release it actually defined your hand to face anchor point. People have found their hand to face anchor point to be around the jawline, right under the cheeks or even near the ears. So no hard and fast rules as to what ought to be your anchor point on your face.


It is not only that the bow you pull will only touch your face. It may also touch your nose. Not exactly the ball of the nose or the nostrils or anything like it, but yes, the setup of the bow may cause the string to touch a point specific to your nose and not the broader face. This is your nose anchor point, and you need to remember this point as your bow grasp.

Set Target 

If you are a beginner archer, chances are you need a better practice on the focus compared to your advanced or intermediate contemporaries. What do you do? In order to improve how you set your target with full-on focus, you can take the help of peep sight.

Now don’t think that amidst teaching you how to aim, we can’t teach you how to sight. Of course, this is possible, but the easiest and shortest thing to remember is to trust your instincts on this.

Your gaze will be a good dictator of your peep sight positioning; you should be naturally looking to your peep sight when setting your target and not sideways or up or down or any other direction. If you have to look at other directions, you have a misaligned peep sight. Although the location of a peep sight varies on a bow, it can still be aligned in that location. And your forward sight can help you align your peep sight in case you are having issues.

Also, remember, you may not get peep sights on your bow and may need to buy them separately. No issue there.

Another point when fixating on a target is closing one eye. But some may not do that, and it’s still fine.

Set Distance 

We just talked about forwarding sights, on which you will find pins. These pins are the indication of how far your target is located. It could be 10 yards or 50 for all we know. Depending on the distance, you have to pick the pin that matches the distance between you and your target closely. After everything, you need to align your bow to the pin.

Sometimes, it may be hard to understand which pin is for what distance and whether it is precise or more or less by an amount. In that case, you can measure 10 yards and check the corresponding pin in order to find out if what is marked on the pins is really the case.


It will take you certain levels of profound skill before you ignore peep sights, pins, forward sights, etc. and focus on directly the target. But before that, you need to focus on the precise alignments and measurements. You have to make your stance habituated with the draws you make and the rest of them. And if you think some movements are creating unwanted upward tension, you need to switch things up a bit to find a potion of comfort and consistency.

Tips on Aiming the Bow

Some tips you should know for aiming the bow. 

Pin Adjustment 

Before pin adjustment, which we already talked of, you will need to make sure that you have the right pins. You need to adjust the pins for both distance and windage. But this won’t work if you have got faulty ones. Remember, having a single pin on sight isn’t faulty. But having pins that don’t work, don’t align, or give incorrect and inconsistent measurements can be a big issue.

Again, how you adjust your pin needs to be consistent, too, with the method you follow. 

Stance Fixation 

Standing on your right or with your right foot as the dominant one is given priority and advice when you are into archery. This is because this foot holds the balance for most people. But that doesn’t mean that your dominant foot has to be the right one necessarily.

Usually, right-handed people throw the arrow using their right hand while holding the bow with their left hand, while their right foot is bent slightly outward. 

Weight Shifting 

Say you are aiming for the target with a draw on the bow. Where do you put your body pressure?

Basically, the weight is shifted to your back muscles. You stand strong and positioned on the ground; you pull the arrow, and the weight shifts from your hands and legs to your back muscle. However, you may also transfer the weight to your triceps and a little beyond, depending on the angle in which you make the draw. Weight shifting leaves you space and time for an alignment.

Peep Sight Setting 

When you draw the string on the bow, the sight of the two available, which is aligned with your eyes to allow you to see the target is the peep sight. It can be positioned on the bowstring. If your dominating eye is on the peep sight and seeing through it, closing the other eye gives you better focus.

Steady Aiming 

In order to get a steady aim, you can’t stiffen your muscles. So, just relax! But make sure you maintain your stance of archery.


We hope you learned the entire process of how to aim a compound bow properly along with some of our tried and tested tips. 

The next time you’re out having your best time with some archery and friends, remember to implement the steps in the process. You will find your arrow shots both co-ordinated and precise!