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Offline Woodeye

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Re: Off hand eye dominance.
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2017, 07:12:57 pm »
I'm a long time (57 years old, shot my first arrow at the tender age of 7 during summer canp) right handed left eyed cross dominant shooter.  I gap shoot right handed, one eye closed while aiming with great success.  I do all my range estimating very quickly before drawing.  I think you are totally correct in saying that gap will lead to quick success, I do this often with NASP kids.  Once they get a consistent anchor and overall shooting sequence I move them into a natural gap aim point and they are off to the races.  Hold distance consistent to gain confidence and then start controlled distance moves to learn the various gaps needed.  "Instinctive" sounds great in theory but is mostly discouraging for beginners and should, in my humble opinion be avoided at all cost.  That should stir the pot some!
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Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Off hand eye dominance.
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2017, 09:50:23 pm »
Wood eye,
I really think that is how most of us learned to shoot, regardless of dominant eye!  Here's a bow and some arrows, Oh you're left handed(right handed)' hold the bow this way look at the target, pull back to your chin, cheek, ear, whatever, release, see where you hit and adjust where you look!(aim). Do everything else the same! (SH) >:D!  You got it right!
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Offline bradsmith2010

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Re: Off hand eye dominance.
« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2017, 03:52:35 pm »
maybe you are right about the instinctive, but I think most do a combo of both aiming and instinctive,,, even if not aware,, they are instintively aiming or gapping,,
I  have read many dissussions on pros and cons,, and always wonder how the ancients thought of it,, when I am shooting a short bow with no anchor,, I come closer to understanding some types of shooting or aiming,,

Offline sleek

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Re: Off hand eye dominance.
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2017, 02:26:58 pm »
My dad draws a bow to his chest in a modified Ishi style. I seen him even shoot compounds that way. Have her try an ishi style shoot, or draw to her nose, letting her wrist touch her nose as an anchor point.
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Offline Morgan

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Re: Off hand eye dominance.
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2017, 02:35:42 pm »
My dad draws a bow to his chest in a modified Ishi style. I seen him even shoot compounds that way. Have her try an ishi style shoot, or draw to her nose, letting her wrist touch her nose as an anchor point.
I like the idea of drawing to her nose.

Offline Swamp Thang

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Re: Off hand eye dominance.
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2017, 09:45:46 am »
Same boat but I'm a great shot. Every time I wake up or the sun's to bright or I have to one eye something I use my right eye also I would pick something out across the room or somewhere and place my finger over it and close my left eye I'd do this untill I could change focus between eyes.

Offline PNewton

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Re: Off hand eye dominance.
« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2017, 02:25:40 am »
I shoot right-handed and left eye dominance and like many don't find it easy drawing left-handed. For many years I was always conscious of the arrow point being to the right of the point I was aiming for. This year, after watching a video (one of Rick Welch's I think), I moved my anchor point to underneath my chin and found I am much more consistent.

Offline Morgan

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Re: Off hand eye dominance.
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2017, 05:59:34 pm »
Thanks guys! Now I just have to get her a bow finished