Dominant eye question


From: jcamp@mr.net (John Camp)
Subject: dominant eye question
Date: 4 Jun 1995 01:55:07 GMT


One of the new bowhunting magazines just on the stands has an article
about the dominant eye in bowhunting, in which it suggests that if your
dominant eye is different than your dominant hand, that the best
solution is to shift hands in shooting, which for me is just about
impossible.

I know about the dominant eye
from shotgunning, because I am left-eye dominant but right-handed. There
is an easy fix for shotgunning -- you put a small piece of scotch tape,
maybe 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch, on the left lens of your glasses, exactly 
at the spot where your eye would pick up the front sight when you put
the stock to your shoulder. Since you can no longer see the front sight
with your dominant eye, and your brain is looking for the sight, you
automatically shift over to the right eye, just as though it was
dominant.

Now, in bowhunting, I assume a fairly large proportion of bowhunters
use a peep sight; when I pull the bow, I'm looking through the peep sight
at the pins, with both eyes open, and I align the appropriate pin with
the target through the peep...and as far as I can tell, this dominant
eye business doesn't come into it at all. If you pull the peep right up
next to your right eye, you couldn't look through it with your left eye,
no matter how dominant it is. Is there a problem with this thinking? Is
there something going on that I don't understand?

JC

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From: Andy Milman <amilman@hiwaay.net>
Subject: Re: dominant eye question
Date: 4 Jun 1995 18:15:19 GMT


jcamp@mr.net (John Camp) wrote:

>I know about the dominant eye
>from shotgunning, because I am left-eye dominant but right-handed. There
>is an easy fix for shotgunning -- you put a small piece of scotch tape,
>maybe 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch, on the left lens of your glasses, exactly 
>at the spot where your eye would pick up the front sight when you put
>the stock to your shoulder. 

Do they make left-handed shotguns?  I would think that would be a 
better solution than using the non-dominant eye.

>Now, in bowhunting, I assume a fairly large proportion of bowhunters
>use a peep sight; when I pull the bow, I'm looking through the peep sight...  
[snip]

1)  Those of us who shoot Olympic-style archery are not allowed to use
peep sights.  Those of us who are left-eyed shoot left-handed.
2)  Often the vision in the dominant eye is better than the other eye--
in an extreme case, one might be blind in one eye altogether.  The
better you can see the target, the better you  can shoot it.
3)  There are different degrees of eye dominance, from slight to 
profound.  A right-handed archer with a slight left-eye dominance 
might be better off shooting right-handed, since right-handed
equipment is more readily available.  But I have seen children with 
(I suppose) good vision
in both eyes, but still a profound left-eye dominance:  they will never
shoot a right-handed bow successfully.


Andy Milman

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From: ldiehr@eth233.eld.ford.com (L S Diehr (Lawrence))
Subject: Re: dominant eye question
Date: 5 Jun 1995 14:28:46 GMT


John Camp (jcamp@mr.net) wrote:
[snip]
: Now, in bowhunting, I assume a fairly large proportion of bowhunters
: use a peep sight; when I pull the bow, I'm looking through the peep sight
: at the pins, with both eyes open, and I align the appropriate pin with
: the target through the peep...and as far as I can tell, this dominant
: eye business doesn't come into it at all. If you pull the peep right up
: next to your right eye, you couldn't look through it with your left eye,
: no matter how dominant it is. Is there a problem with this thinking? Is
: there something going on that I don't understand?

: JC

For me, the peep sight has always dissapeared when it is in the right spot.  
It is at this time when the other eye tries to take over.  
--
Larry Diehr

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From: archfan@aol.com (ARCHFAN)
Subject: Re: dominant eye question
Date: 4 Jun 1995 11:50:20 -0400
Reply-To: archfan@aol.com (ARCHFAN)


Damn right.  many great instinctive shooters have used the "wrong" hand or eye-
whichever way you want to look at it.  Even for a totally instinctive
shooter it is very hard to switch and now I would only recommend it for
someone who has very little time in the sport.  

If you choose to shoot with sights, peeps, releases, etc then switching sides is 
the most feasible way to use those items.  It would still be a difficult
transition...
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From: rstgerma@modicon.com (Ron St. GErmain)
Subject: Re: dominant eye question
Date: 13 Jun 1995 12:13:16 GMT


In article <3qskns$pe@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, archfan@aol.com says...

>Damn right.  many great instinctive shooters have used the "wrong" hand or
>eye- whichever way you want to look at it.  Even for a totally instinctive
>shooter it is very hard to switch and now I would only recommend it for
>someone who has very 
>little time in the sport.  

>If you choose to shoot with sights, peeps, releases, etc then switching
>sides is 
>the most feasible way to use those items.  It would still be a difficult
>transition...

I have a friend who's daughter had a problem with eye dominance. She was 
right handed and her left eye was dominant. He used a technique that he says 
pistol shooters use to correct the dominance problem. He bought a pair of 
clear glasses and placed a small piece of scotch tape on the left lens. This 
trains and strengthens the right eye. Within 2 weeks she was doing fine and 
her scores are going up all the time.

Ron St. Germain

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From: jdickson@festival.ed.ac.uk (John Dickson)
Subject: Re: Dominant Eye Question
Date: 5 Sep 1995 10:28:58 GMT


There must be something about Multimedia development and Archery...some
kind of subversive link!

ian.crook@nottingham.ac.uk (Ian Crook) writes:

>I'm quite new to the sport, (target archery for about 4 months now) and am right handed
>with a dominant left eye. Could someone tell exactly why you shouldn't close one eye?
>I find that I instincively close my left eye and sight with my right one. I
>tried keeping both
>eyes open and actually hit the target, EXCEPT IT WAS THE ONE IMMEDIATALY TO MY
>LEFT!!! Is not closing an eye just for the "done thing" or is there something more
>fundamental than that?

What you're describing is pretty common. Just ignore anyone who says
that you need to shoot with both eyes open. I do but that's a different
matter. I believe if you listen to all the latest research it says that
your aiming is better with both eyes open (no false images etc etc).

However, in archery the aiming is relatively unimportant. It is very
easy to aim the arrow sufficiently well to get it to go in the 9 ring,
it's good shot execution that makes them go there. Many people shoot
much worse than they should because they try to aim too hard
right in the middle of the 10 and then 10 secs later make a bad shot. 

I shoot with both eyes open because it's natural for me, I feel more
relaxed and everything looks bigger?!? You should do what is natural for
you.

The guy who won the UK masters this year (although only a 1230+shooter
at best) is left eye dominant but shoots right handed. So basically what
I'm saying is don't worry about it. Close your eye and feel comfortable.

Besides in 5 years time you'll be completely blind from spending 15
hours a day with your nose pressed to the screen and then it won't
matter anyway 8) 

                                John (aka Stretch)

PS What sort of Multimedia?

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