There’s a bit of confusion and debate about this. But it’s agreed that one of the most important things you have to know is your dominant eye. Dominance has a pretty big role in many sports and in life. If you play a form of football, then you need to know which of your legs you prefer kicking with. If you’re using your hands, you need to know which hand you feel more comfortable with using. And in shooting sports like in shooting or in archery eye dominance plays a huge role. The way eye dominance works is that despite having two eyes, your brain prefers receiving information from one over the other. The dominant eye provides the focus the non-dominant eye provides the depth of vision. Most people have the same eye dominace as their strong hand But a small percentage of people are cross dominant. For the most part that means most archers are right eyed, right handed. There are several methods for determining eye dominance One method, the Miles test involves extending your arms and overlapping your fingers so that you form a small hole with your thumbs. Look through this hole at a distant object then close one eye if you can no longer see the object then your open eye is the non-dominant eye. Alternatively you can move your hands to your face while keeping the object in focus. your hands will move to your dominant eye. If your eye dominance is the same as your handedness you’ve got it easy. But if you are cross-dominant you’ve got a though decision to make. The question is should I get a right handed bow, or a left handed bow, and do I base that decision on eye dominance or handedness? Keep in mind that most archers, particularly for recurve, shoot with both eyes open. It provides for much better depth perception. Cross-dominant archers however have this problem of naturally preferring one eye over the other. It makes it very difficult to align the string or the sight. It just looks wrong. As a right hand, right eyed shooter when I draw, I can just see the string, off to the side of my eye. Now if I were to close my right eye, I would see what a left eye dominant shooter would see. The string is nowhere near where it should be. If you’re watching someone who may be cross dominant what you may see is the archer actually trying to anchor a bit differently. Trying to get that string alignment in place So there are some big problems with consistency and alignment if you’re shooting cross-dominant. Now, if I was a left eyed shooter the natural choice may be to use a left handed bow. Which means I can get the correct visual alignment. The problems is that, if I’m using my non-dominant hand I’m going to have a harder time trying to control my shot I simply don’t have the strength or the coordination to control my shot and that’s going to have a big effect on the accuracy. So we come back to the question, if you are cross-dominant do you pick your bow based on your strong hand or your strong eye? This is where things get a little confusing Different guides and coaching manuals will recommend different things. Some will point out the obvious: you need to sight the target with your dominant eye. Others will argue that it’s easier to adapt your technique to match your eye than it is to train your weak hand. Both sides have fair points Some people are so exclusively one sided that they simply lack the dexterity and strength needed to shoot with their weak hand. In fact, it’s fairly common for introductory sessions to give bows to people based on their handedness. It’s just easier to teach people to shoot a bow if they are already confortable using their strong hand. Some people cannot built that weak hand no matter how hard they try, no matter how hard they practice. For some cross-dominant archers there is a natural tendency to bring the string to the stronger eye. And a lot of archers start off learning cross-dominant shooting see two targets and it can take a while to merge them back in to one target to focus on. Archers can be taught to overcome this Some people actually change eye dominance after years of practice. There are other ways to adapt your eye dominance to your stronger shooting hand And sometimes archers will use an eyepatch to cover their stronger eye to force themselves to use their weak eye to focus on target. Sometimes however no matter how hard you try it’s simply impossible for someone to use their weak eye. And they have chronic form problems. In which case they will have to switch to their weak hand. Ultimately, whether you choose a bow based on your eye dominance or your handedness depends on how comfortable you are with adapting to either one. Some people find it easier to use their dominant hand others can’t shoot with their weak eye. If you’re buying a bow this is key reasons why you should try it before you buy it. Anyway Hope this is helpful. This is Nu Sensei, I’ll see you next time.