How to Walk-Back Tune Your Bow

If you want to ensure that your arrows are flying with laser-like perfection, there is one sure-fire way to do it. It’s called “Walk-Back” tuning.

What Is Walkback Tuning?

Walkback tuning is simply a method for ensuring that your bow’s center-shot is set correctly. It is done using arrows shot at a constant aiming point, using one pin, from varying distances. It may sound complicated but it is actually a very simple procedure. Let’s get started.

What You Need

  1. Large Target (20”x20” is great but use whatever you have)
  2. Blue Painters Tape
  3. Range Finder
  4. Arrows (4 should do the trick)
  5. Broadhead Of Choice (or you can simply use field points)
  6. Allen Head wrenches for adjustments
  7. Calm Wind
  8. Little Patience

Getting Started


The First Step to Walkback tuning is preparing your target. Start by making a T with your blue tape; splitting your target down the middle. (See above image)


The Second Step is to sight in your bow at 20 yards. Use the intersecting point of the T as your aiming point. Make sure your arrow is hitting dead center of the intersecting tape lines before moving on to step 3. (See above image)


The Third Step is to use the same aiming point and the same 20 yard sight pin and shoot the remaining arrows. The key is to do so at different yardages. For example, your first arrow (used as your aiming point) is shot from 20 yards. The remaining arrows can be shot from 30, 40, and maybe 50 yards using your 20 yard pin. Don’t worry about your arrows falling down the target as you shoot. In fact, that is what you want. (See above image)

The Fourth Step is to analyze your arrow pattern. If your arrows fall to the right of the vertical center-line (like mine did) then you must move your rest to the left in order to bring them closer to the center-line. Conversely, if your arrows are falling to left of the center-line you would move your arrow rest to the right. Simple enough.


The Final Step is to adjust your arrow rest (left or right) and return to your 20 yard starting point. Repeat the Walkback tuning process until all of your arrows land in the vertical tape line. (See above image)

Moving The Arrow Rest

The first time I tried the Walkback Tuning method I made the mistake of moving my arrow rest too much at one time. Believe me when I say it takes very little arrow rest movement to influence your arrows flight path. So, minute adjustments are the best method for quick success.


Walkback tuning is a simple process that doesn’t require much more than items you already have at your disposal. .


The beauty of this method is that it can be used for field points, fix-blade heads or even mechanicals. With a little time and effort you will have your arrows flying like cruise missiles no matter what is on the business end of them; making your confidence soar. And everyone knows, when it comes to archery, confidence is 90% of the battle. Best of luck.

Written by: sportsmenonly
Date Published: August 3, 2020

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