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Old 9th July 2015, 07:18 PM
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Default Right handed but left eye dominant

I've just realized that I'm right handed but Left eye dominant and was wondering if this has any adverse effect on shooting ?([might use it as an excuse if needed) any advice would be appreciated
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Old 9th July 2015, 07:31 PM
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Shooting is the only thing I do left handed. I use a blinder on my scope , if I don't I see two sight pictures. Maybe a blinder for you dominate eye may give you a better sight picture.
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Old 9th July 2015, 07:37 PM
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Hi Darren I'm the same as yourself, so I shoot left handed it felt funny at first but you soon get used to it. The more you practice the easier it gets.
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Old 9th July 2015, 07:37 PM
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Old 9th July 2015, 07:59 PM
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I am the same and for HFT i can shoot happily left or right handed which can be useful for some of the more awkward ones
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Old 9th July 2015, 10:03 PM
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The normal advice is that you should try and shoot from the dominant eye side. However, this is sometimes easier said than done. Some individuals are very strongly handed by conditioning and changing sides can be a very strong trait to counter. The important thing to remember is that you must discern tangible benefit from changing from the usual hand to the dominant eye. If you don't perceive that it has done you any good after giving it a proper try with an objective assessment then revert to what you were doing originally.

For what it's worth, I coach the top blind rifle shooter in the UK. He competes against sighted shooters and has a PB of 550 ex 600. He is left handed but shoots right handed. Go figure!

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Old 9th July 2015, 10:34 PM
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Two words "Phil Taylor" left eye dominant right handed, 16 times world champion.....
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Old 9th July 2015, 11:37 PM
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I am left eye dominant but righthanded and also shoot lefthanded but I havn't always shot as a lefty, shooting shotguns made me realize quickly that I needed to shoot south paw by the occasional smack in the cheek.
I'm sure though there are some air rifle shooters who shoot with the less dominant eye and will probably shoot fine maybe just squinting or shutting one eye to compensate.
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Old 10th July 2015, 06:26 AM
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Hmmmm, lots of food for thought already in this thread. I'm right handed + left eye dominant & just scrunch my left eye shut. I might dig the blinder out again & try that? Never tried shooting "lefty" (but I know where there's a nice stock for my Ripley
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Old 10th July 2015, 06:27 AM
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I'm right handed, but left eye dominant. I shoot right handed and just close my left eye and have survived alright.
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