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Old 11-22-2020, 12:04 PM   #1
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Default Advice for left eye dominant right hand newbie

I've got a new foster son who is wanting to learn to shoot. Although he is about the same age as my biological boys (16 vs 15, 14, 14) he is way smaller and left eye dominant. Hes about 5'5 and weighs about 115 lbs. He also wears glasses and cannot see at all without them.

So im trying to figure out what to do bow wise. I can get one of the "grow into bows" that have big draw length and weight adjustments, but is it better to have him try to learn to shoot left handed or right handed?

Also wondered if he could shoot right handed but use his left eye using an IQ sight and no peep.

Im trying to make him feel "equal" to my bio sons for lack of a better term, and we shoot together in the evenings.
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:11 PM   #2
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It is usually better to shoot left handed with left eye dominant
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:15 PM   #3
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Try putting a patch one his left lens. I believe that's easier than shooting with off side hand.
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:15 PM   #4
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I asked this same question about my son. Overwhelming response was to have him learn to shoot left handed.
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:15 PM   #5
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I would have him learn using his natural tendencies. Meaning, go lefty now, so he won't have to relearn anything later, or get discouraged by not being as accurate as he can be.
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:17 PM   #6
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Take him to a shop and let him shoot both... he will probably prefer the left hand bow... best of luck getting him set up to shoot with you folks...
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:30 PM   #7
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I'm in the exact same boat.....

Dominant eye 100%.....

I play golf right handed.....hit baseball's right handed.....etc etc etc. (At one time pretty well)

Interestingly, I shoot guns, play pool, etc LEFT handed. (Also pretty well at one time) In those 2 things utilizing the dominant eye is the only way to go in most cases IMOP.

However, is his dominant SIDE his left side?.....mine wasn't. I'm not sure I could have drawn a bow with my left arm/side at his age.

I'd definitely have him shoot ANYthing left handed, but, he might have to hit the weights to draw the bow....



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Old 11-22-2020, 12:32 PM   #8
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My wife was left eye dominant and right handed as are my two sons and my brother. Between them all they have been shooting bows and long guns left handed and a split on hand guns. Find him a decent left handed bow that he can grow into.
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:53 PM   #9
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I'm left eye dominant.... Write, Shoot, play Pool all left handed, but Bat Right handed Kick & throw With my Right. Rode Bulls & Bareback horses right handed so I'm all messed up.... I say let him decide as his natural instincts wil kick in & he will probably naturally pick it up Left Handed
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Old 11-22-2020, 01:11 PM   #10
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Have him emulate drawing a bow and see what he does.
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Old 11-22-2020, 01:14 PM   #11
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When I started bowhunting in 80's as a kid I would wear a pirate patch! Never worked out well. Finally bought a left hand bow and didn't take long to become second nature to me.
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:06 PM   #12
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Have him shoot left handed. He's young and doesn't have any bad habits. He'll be fine getting his muscles built up for it.
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Old 11-22-2020, 05:05 PM   #13
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I'm left eye dominant.... Write, Shoot, play Pool all left handed, but Bat Right handed Kick & throw With my Right. Rode Bulls & Bareback horses right handed so I'm all messed up.... I say let him decide as his natural instincts wil kick in & he will probably naturally pick it up Left Handed
Pretty much the same here. Left eye dominant and left-handed. I shoot a rifle and shotgun left-handed, but shoot a bow and pistol right-handed. Throw and bowl right-handed. Eat left-handed. Just let him do what's natural for him, don't try to force something.
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Old 11-22-2020, 05:19 PM   #14
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My little nephew (14) is right handed and left eye dominant. He shoots everything left handed and is very accurate. He used one of the Mission bows until a family member passed him down an original Monster.

For somebody just starting out, its beat to start them lefty if they are left eye dominant instead switching later. Build that muscle memory and hand eye coordination and your son will be fine.


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Old 11-22-2020, 06:01 PM   #15
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Left eye dominant but have shot RH since 1971. It was tough when I shot instinctively with a recurve and compound, but I did win my fair share of field and BH tournaments back in the day. When I put a peep in, my eye dominance problem went away and right now I go back and forth on eye dominance tests.Accuracy wasnever really a problem with me.

With that being said, have him shoot left handed if possible. If not, with the correct set up, coaching and practice he can be as accurate as anyone peroid!
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Old 11-22-2020, 06:06 PM   #16
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Tell him to close his left eye. Done...

That the way I've shot a bow for 50 years. I learned to shoot left handed but I never learned to enjoy shooting left handed.
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Old 11-22-2020, 06:22 PM   #17
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Bows, shotguns and pistols need the dominant eye. Shoot left handed!
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Old 11-22-2020, 06:36 PM   #18
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I’m left eye dominant and right handed and I’ve always shot with both eyes open.

I see two sets of pins because of that and always use the set on the left. I feel better balanced with both eyes open. Good luck.
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Old 11-22-2020, 06:38 PM   #19
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Left eye dominant, right handed here.

Gun, bow, shooting pool - go lefty.

Golf, throwing, kicking, writing - go righty

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Old 11-22-2020, 06:43 PM   #20
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I am a left handed but right eye dominant. I shoot right handed. When I was young I calf roped left handed, but it was too hard to find horses for left handed people so they made me rope right handed. Took about a month of none stop practice.
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Old 11-22-2020, 09:39 PM   #21
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Thank yall for the wisdom. Guess ill be shopping for a lh bow. I needed an excuse to buy more archery stuff anyways.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:21 PM   #22
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Iím left eye dominate, right handed, and canít close one eye so I have always shoot with an eye patch. I tried the left handed deal but it was so un natural I couldnít do it. Iím very right handed.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:26 PM   #23
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Iím right handed and left eye dominant. I couldnít hit the broadside of a barn till I swapped to shooting lefty. All down hill from there. Left handed guns are a waist of time. Iíve always shot right handed ones with no issues


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Old 11-22-2020, 10:30 PM   #24
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My son also learned to shoot left handed bows. No problems.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:55 PM   #25
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I’m right eye dominant, played sports left handed but write right handed. I shoot a rifle and bow right handed. A lot easier to shoot with the hand of your dominant eye. Very beneficial to bat opposite of your dominant eye, many major leaguers are “cross dominant” meaning right eye dominant bat left and vice versa. Puts your dominant eye to the pitcher.

I suggest you get him a left handed bow.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:56 PM   #26
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It is usually better to shoot left handed with left eye dominant
This..^^^^

It will take just a little while for him to switch because he's new to archery. You might need to look into some contacts lenses for him too.
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I teach NASP through my PE classes. I’ve found that most of the kids are hesitant to shoot a left handed bow when they are cross dominant. I have them try both and most end up sticking with the lefty and shoot it much better. My dad and my son are both rt handed and left eye dominate. Both shoot left handed.
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Hmmm. I do everything right handed. I just closed my left eye. Maybe it's out of convenience...

I'm not sure I could imagine shooting a bow left handed.

I have kept both eyes open one just to see what it was like. Even though I am left eye dominant, I told myself, "It's the upper one on the left," and as long as I can focus on that, I did alright.
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If I aim my finger at something with both eyes open and close my right eye it stays the same. If I close my left eye it shifts way left.



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I'm in the exact same boat.....

Dominant eye 100%.....

I play golf right handed.....hit baseball's right handed.....etc etc etc. (At one time pretty well)

Interestingly, I shoot guns, play pool, etc LEFT handed. (Also pretty well at one time) In those 2 things utilizing the dominant eye is the only way to go in most cases IMOP.

However, is his dominant SIDE his left side?.....mine wasn't. I'm not sure I could have drawn a bow with my left arm/side at his age.

I'd definitely have him shoot ANYthing left handed, but, he might have to hit the weights to draw the bow....



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Im the same way. If it involves Ďshootingí something, I do it left handed, EXCEPT for a bow.

I would say let me the boy try both sides and see whats more comfortable to him.


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When I was a Drill Sergeant in the Army I would run into this issue with kids that had never shot before. Yes it is a rifle and not a bow but other than the equipment it is no different. Let him try to shoot a right handed bow and a left handed bow at the archery store. He should shoot whichever one is most comfortable to him this way it does not create muscle or eye fatigue later on. If he is having trouble learning how to close his off eye then put a patch over that eye behind his glasses and he can learn to close it that way. Hope this helps.
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With my new NASP archers at school, I try to get all of my left eye dominant/right handed kids to just learn left handed. You'd be surprised just how often this occurs. A few refuse and shoot right handed, closing the left eye. Over my 8 years of coaching, the ones that learn to shoot on their dominant eye side far outperform the ones closing an eye. I helped an adult friend change from right to left handed to match his eye and he was shooting far better after just a couple weeks practice. So, I'd recommend learning left handed for him.

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I am right handed, left eye dominant. Shoot guns left handed, shoot my bow right handed, I just close my left eye. How ever, if he is left handed and left eye dominant, set him up with a left handed bow. Might want to think about a recurve since he has glasses.
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I handed my LE/RH son a dual shelved longbow...”Which side feels best Son?” He chose the proper route...lefthanded.
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I’m in the same boat except for glasses. I just use my right eye, practice, practice, practice. I shoot long guns left handed, bow right handed. I’m naturally right handed so I think trying to get him to shoot a bow left handed may be awkward and get frustrating for him.
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I know 2 people with this issue and both started shooting left handed v. patch.
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my 16 year old is left eye dominant. Shoots bows and guns left handed. Does everything else right handed. From what I've seen with him, it's much easier for the body to adjust to the left handed option than to try to adjust to using the other eye or a patch.
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