View Full Version : Right hand shooter, left eye dominant

Money Man
07-04-2011, 07:49 PM
I am a right handed shooter and am left eye dominant. It has not been a problem shooting with only one eye, but I am trying to shoot with both eyes open. Does anyone else have this problem? I am looking for tips to help make it easier to shoot with both eyes open. So far the best I have found is to slightly squint with my left eye. It works OK, but I am open to other suggestions.

07-04-2011, 08:25 PM
Ive seen guys use those shields on the scope rings for this purpose,you might look into that.

Hutch~n~Son Archery
07-05-2011, 12:58 AM
I am right eye dominant left handed shooter. I shoot both ways one eye or both. I shoot target with one eye open. I hunt with both eyes open. It takes a while to get use too. But what I do is close one eye sight in, then open the other eye, focus and shoot. This has improved my accuracy tremendously.


07-05-2011, 02:18 AM
Try squinting the more dominant eye. With less opening, it should be less dominant.

07-05-2011, 04:14 AM
I'm not left eye dominant, but I just switched to the extreme rear sight. It allows left eye dominant right handed shooters to shoot with thier dominant eye. There is a ton of adjustment in the sight, and if it is set up properly I think it would work well. It took me an afternoon or about an hour or two of tinkering to get dialed in, but at 20 yds I'm stacking arrows on top of one another, worried that I'm going to break nocks. This is with a new to me bow, with less then 20 shots with it. Just a thought. Its a little pricey, but seems well made, gets ride of your peep and kisser, which adds a little speed. Better in low light conditions. If your sold on the idea, I would go for the pro version that has a front sight built in. I have a nice cobra 5 pin, with my rear sight, it just looks a little goofy because both sights dont match in color and shape. The one piece pro sight just looks smoother with better lines. Just a thought.

07-05-2011, 08:58 AM
That's an interesting problem - can't change the eye dominance, it'd be expensive to change the bow(s) ... May be you can try to mount a red dot sight on the bow, shoot with both eyes open and see if it helps.

Money Man
07-05-2011, 06:51 PM
Thanks for the help. It seems the idea of squinting the dominant eye is a popular solution. I have been doing just what Hutch was saying... sight the target with one eye, then squint open the dominant eye. The idea of the rear sight makes sense, but I would be worried about having another piece to try to avoid hitting while going through the woods. I know with my peep sight, if I bump a branch or something, it is not moving.

07-06-2011, 06:42 AM
My wife is cross dominant like you. The only way she can do it is squint the left eye or cover it. One thing about squinting is the vision in the unsquinted eye can be affected. I used to teach this to my students during night vision goggle training and most never believed me until we put them on a chart to test their vision. So if that is the case you are better off covering the dominate eye when ready to shoot.

07-06-2011, 02:21 PM
It's okay if you can't agree. I have never heard of training the less dominant eye before. I believe it can be done because you say you did it. Bravo! I was talking present time. If you don't have time to train the eye you only have two options as I can see it, cover the dominant eye or squint it. Squinting can degrade the vision of the unsquinted eye. Some people are more sensitive to this than others. I am affected by this quite a bit.

My wife does everything right handed. I was trying to get her to shoot with both eyes open and her shooting went out the window. When she did it her way she was on target but all messed up with both eyes open. I gave her a quick little test and found out she is left eye dominant, cross dominant to be precise. Since she would kill me if I mentioned her age lets just say she has been doing this for nearly 4 decades and probably isn't going to change.

07-06-2011, 05:54 PM
Thanks. :cool:

07-06-2011, 08:13 PM
im left eye dominant too... but i can switch um up while shooting like sonny said. one thing i have found is that i build the sight picture(in my head) for a shot at a 3d target with my left eye, and then when i actually build it(while shooting) with my right, the pov changed and i have to letdown and "reset". if i dont do this it feels like im shooting at a differnt target. only applies to 3d though.... i dont shoot with my left eye open though, i just close it.

07-10-2011, 11:14 PM
coming from a firearm coaching background if your left eye dominant you really should shoot left handed reguardless if your right handed or not. i work in law enforcement and there are a lot of people i work with that are right handed but they are left handed shooters and vice versa. trying to teach my daughter same thing, she is right handed but left eye dominant therefore she is left handed shooter, but it does mess with your head a little.

07-11-2011, 03:28 AM
oh,i shoot rifles left handed. its not a problem shooting right handed though. im lucky 2 have 20/10 in bolth of my eyes.

07-11-2011, 03:20 PM
if your left eye dominant you really should shoot left handed reguardless if your right handed or not.

Not quite as simple with archery though. Do you shoot a scoped rifle with both eyes opened?

Arrow Splitter
07-11-2011, 04:25 PM
Well, I'm right handed and right eye dominant, and I can shoot left or right handed. With a bow I close one eye, but with rifle I shoot with both eyes open.

07-13-2011, 06:25 PM
most of the time I shoot with both eyes open w/firearm, bow I close one eye. i'm left handed and left eye dominant, i can shoot a pistol w/either hand and a longgun right handed if i have to, bow can't shoot right handed worth a flip.