I learned archery many, MANY years ago in Scouts and even had my own fiberglass recurve I shot at home for many years. I'm thinking about getting back into it, but I think someone may have miss-trained me all those years ago.

The bows we used in Scouts, and my old recurve, were universal - neither right nor left hand. I am right handed (hold the bow in my left, draw the string with my right), and at the time I was taught to rest the arrow between the knuckle of my left thumb and the bow - that is, on the right side of the bow.

However, the right-handed traditional bows I'm seeing these days have the arrow shelf on the left side of the bow.

So the stupid question is this - is this just a question of style (one technique vs. another) or did someone mess me up at an early age?

Or third option - maybe I wasn't paying attention as a kid, and the instructors didn't bother to correct me?