Rules and tips for drawing support and resistance zones

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You can draw support and resistance zones by looking at areas on your chart where price has bounced off. You then draw a horizontal line to connect these bounces, but there is more…

In this post I’ll reveal my tips and give you some rules for drawing your support and resistance lines or zones.

The hierarchy

Let’s start with the order of importance. When I draw support and resistance lines I look for three things:

  1. Body bounces
  2. Wick bounces
  3. Ranges (congestion)

And also in this order. So body bounces are more important than wick bounces and wick bounces are more important than ranges or congestion. Which means that price is moving sideways.

Example of support and resistance hierarchy
Example of support and resistance hierarchy

In the example above, you can see that I’ve drawn the support zone on the body bounce in the first red box. Exactly below the bodies of those two candles on the left.

I find this bounce more important than the congestion / range and the wick bounces in the second red box. But they do align with each other as you can clearly see.

At the top with that resistance line, you see I’m doing a similar thing. And that brings me to the following …

Support and resistance does not have to be perfect

The reason most traders have difficulty drawing support and resistance, is that they complicate the process and want everything to be perfect.

They obsessively fiddle around with every line to place them precisely to the millimeter, but that’s just pointless. Just accept that you will never get them perfect. And you don’t have to.

If you and I would both mark the same chart with support and resistance lines, we will never draw exactly the same lines. And that’s okay, because you’ll always have to adjust your lines based on the most recent data.

There’s a reason why I call them zones. The price will never bounce off your line exactly every time. They are marked zones, areas where buyers and sellers are located. And where we know the price is likely to stall or bounce.

What would you rather do?

  • Wasting hours to get your lines perfect?
  • Or mark the zones and search for trades within a few minutes?

I would know! 😉

Tips for drawing support and resistance

In this section I’ll give you some practical pointers. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can always adjust your lines and eventually price will tell you whether you’re right or not.

  • Zoom out for a better overview
  • Start from the right and look left on your chart
  • First find the most obvious body bounces
  • Then look for wick bounces and ranges / congestion
  • Start at the swing highs and lows and work towards the center
  • Mark 2 to 3 zones above current price and 2 to 3 zones below

Bonus tip: Use the line chart

Some traders find it easier to mark support and resistance zones on a line chart. Perhaps that is also the case with you.

If so, first use the line chart to get a better view of the price action and then switch back to the candlesticks chart to fine-tune your zones.

Example of drawing support and resistance on a line chart
Example of drawing support and resistance on a line chart

Go practice!

As with everything in life, you become better at something by practicing. And it’s no different with drawing support and resistance. Use your demo account to draw lines and zones. Spend half an hour every day on it and watch how price reacts to your zones.

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