Recurve bow or compound bow? Learn the differences between a re-curve bow and a compound bow in this archery video tutorial. Take action: use consistent shot, ensure consistency to allow for humane shots, and expect 20 yards with recurve bow. John Swindle, the instructor of this how-to video from Live Strong, is the owner of Arrowhead Archery in Tampa, Florida. He has been an archer and a bow hunter for over 18 years.