Examine the grip area on the handle of the bow. The handle is the thicker part at the center of the bow. The thinner areas that taper at each end are called the limbs.
Grasp the grip with your left hand. A right-handed bow is held with the left hand while the right hand draws the bowstring backward. Determine whether the grip is comfortable in your hand as you hold it with your left hand. If not, switch hands and see whether the bow is more comfortable in the right hand. A right-handed bow will be more comfortable held in the left hand, and the opposite is true for a right-handed bow.
Examine the area just above the grip. This is the area where the arrow is placed before and during the shooting process. It is called the arrow rest. As you hold the bow in front of you, with the string closest to your body, the arrow rest will be on the left side of the bow on a right-handed bow, or on the right side for a left-handed bow. Arrows are the same regardless of which hand the bow is designed to fit.