Traditional bows are made to specifically fit right-handed or left-handed people. They do not interchange in most cases except with certain youth bows. A right handed bow is held in the left hand and drawn back with the right hand. A left-handed bow is held in the right hand and drawn with the left hand. As you might imagine, most right-handed people shoot right-handed bows. Most left-handed people shoot left-handed bows. For most people, it's a pretty simple choice.

However, like most things, there are exceptions to the rule. Some archers choose their bows based on eye-dominance, rather than hand dominance. If you would like to read some expanded discussion on this topic, please read our article on Eye Dominance Conflicts. If you happen to have a hand and eye dominance mismatch (rare), we have some suggestions that might help.

1. If you are a new shooter, by all means, buy a bow that matches your eye-dominance so you can learn to shoot with both eyes open. If you have no old habits to unlearn, you'll probably adapt quickly to the off-handed bow and never know it was supposed to be awkward.

2. But if you are a long-time shooter (archery, rifle, pistol, etc.), and you're already accustom to closing your dominant eye when you shoot, you may find changing to an off-handed bow to be particularly awkward and frustrating. In this case we recommend you not make the change and stick with your current technique. If you still aren't sure, please call our help-desk at 877-410-7811 and we'll help you talk it through.