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Offline bowsage1999

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Eye Dominance
« on: January 08, 2022, 11:00:33 PM »
Hello all, I am about three weeks into shooting traditionally. I have a 50# Samick Sage takedown Recurve at 62". Shooting 400 Spine Arrows with 125 Grain field tips. Brace height at 7 3/4 and Nock point at 5/8. I am a left handed person. I do everything left-handed, always have. However, I am cross dominant (right-eye). I have had several people tell me a mix of things. I can either switch hands and learn to shoot right handed. Or I can continue to shoot left handed and close my right eye. Others say I should shoot with both eyes open however I am very inaccurate with shooting left handed with both eyes open. I have the hand dexterity to draw my bow and shoot it with my right it would just take time. Is there a set bit of advice I should take? I can't seem to find a consistent answer as to what is best. Thank you!

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Re: Eye Dominance
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2022, 07:46:27 AM »
There are always exceptions to the rule and too many folks use those exceptions to dispute those rules.  There’s no doubt that in any shooting sport it’s best to shoot with the dominant eye—those exceptions notwithstanding.
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Re: Eye Dominance
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2022, 10:59:29 AM »
Three weeks is not a very long time to learn to shoot a bow.  You say you shoot worse when you shoot with both eyes open.  Oftentimes if has been my experience that when a person tries something different, they shoot worse for a while.  I have no doubt that if you really want to shoot left handed with both eyes open, you will eventually be able to do it accurately.

Now, is that the best thing for you to do?  That is a harder question to answer.  As Jim notes, in the majority of cases, it is better to aim with the dominant eye.  Most people can learn to change from right handed to left handed (or vice versa) in a few days or a few weeks at most.  Some, like me, like to learn to be proficient shooting either way.  It is not only fun to shoot either way, it is better for your body, as it keeps your physical structure in better balance.

If I had my druthers, I’d have you learn to shoot a right handed bow, perhaps a little less than 50#, and stick with it until you become proficient.  Then continue to shoot both ways with both eyes open.  But this is not a question anyone else can answer for you.  Some very proficient archers aim with the “wrong” eye and do quite well for themselves by squinting, closing, or just learning to ignore, their dominant eye.
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Re: Eye Dominance
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2022, 01:12:31 AM »
Put a (semi-transparent) shade (opaque plastic, cardboard etc.) on your cap in front of your right eye and shoot both eyes open. This forces you to use your left eye for aiming. Just closing your right eye prevents relaxed aiming. I know several archers using that shade technique and they do perform fine.

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Re: Eye Dominance
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2022, 09:09:54 AM »
I close my left eye( right handed) because of astigmatism. I shot instinctive for years with both open but I do much better gapping with one closed. Dave said the most important thing though. 3 weeks is still brand new. Give it 6 months and you'll have a much better idea what works best.

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Re: Eye Dominance
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2022, 09:27:56 AM »
Depends how you shoot . Instinctive both eyes open you should be ok your brain should adjust to the spot your shooting at. Gap or walking string will be like a site so you will have to patch or close one eye or switch hands .

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Re: Eye Dominance
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2022, 02:59:47 PM »
In firearms we call it cross-eyed dominance. I'm the same way, right handed and left eye dominant.
 I find that it very rarely makes any difference. Only once have I had to have a shooter switch hands because of eye dominance.
  With a bow, if your shooting gap, AND you're the 1 in 100 that is so strongly cross-eye dominant you're constantly shooting several feet to the right, then switch hands. Other than that, keep working on form.
  McDave gave some great advice,  reread that post, and do the over think your eye dominance.
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