Most people have the visual advantage of one eye over another, many do not even realize it. This phenomenon is known as the dominant eye, and is very important when choosing the right onion. Remember, before you buy a bow, find out which eye for aiming you are more comfortable to use in order to accurately hit the target. For example, you may be right-handed, but with a dominant left eye. Studies show that about two-thirds of people have a dominant right eye, one third have a dominant left eye, and a small percentage have equivalent eyes.
Why is knowing the dominant eye important when choosing a bow?
Manufacturers of block, recursive and traditional bows develop right-sided and left-handed versions of their models that correspond to the left or right dominant eye. The difference between the right-hand and left-handed bow is easily noticeable.
Archery, designed for the eye, which you do not dominate, will lead to the fact that you will not hit the target even with the most careful aiming. For example, imagine that you start archery as an arrow with the right leading eye (but you actually have a leading left eye). Aiming will seem more difficult than it should be, and you will always want to turn your head to look with your left eye. After months of training, you don’t feel the progress you were hoping to make. Eventually, the coach starts to guess about the problem and gives you a test for eye dominance, which shows that the left eye has been dominant all along. As a result, you have to start all over again with a left-handed bow and relearn the basics of shooting. Some archers in this situation even deliberately cover the non-dominant eye with a pad to make sure that now they aim with a tedious eye. Thus, it is best to immediately identify the dominant eye and pick up the bow under it.
How do I know which eye is dominant?
The test to determine the dominant eye is very simple:
- Choose an object 3-6 meters away from yourself;
- Stretch your hand forward and point your index finger at the chosen object (better it will be a small object with clear boundaries);
- Close one eye, if the finger still accurately indicates the object, then the open eye – dominant. If the object has shifted to the side and the finger shows by – the eye is unminating.
In rare cases, there is no displacement of the object when either the left or right eye is closed. This means that the dominant eye of the person is not and you need to choose the bow by the dominant hand.