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#3248533 - 05/17/13 08:05 AM Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant?
TN Larry
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I am pretty sure that my 5 year old is left eye dominant. He passes the "test" as right eye, but I don't think that he is doing it correctly. When he goes to shoot, he looks through the site with his left eye. I tell him to close the left if he has to, but he can't. The only way that he can look through it with is right eye is for me to cover his left with my hand.

Anybody ever had this trouble with a kid? What did you do? I really want him to shoot right handed. I am thinking about buying him a patch for his left eye as he learns to shoot.

What do you think???
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#3248557 - 05/17/13 08:24 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: TN Larry]
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His dominant eye is going to be dominant. Your best bet is to have him shoot left handed. I know, it sucks \:\( Your next best option is to have him wear a patch or put a piece of scotch tape on his shooting glasses that will obscure the front sight if he's shooting irons. My wife is left eye dominant, so I'm going through the same thing (she's not 5 though).
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#3248573 - 05/17/13 08:36 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: infoman jr.]
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My daughter is the same way.. your best long term bet is for him to shoot left handed ..when i figured out my daughter was that way we did the scotch tape trick and she has won 3 or 4 state titles trap shooting along with 1 national title .. she is 15 now..
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#3248580 - 05/17/13 08:44 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: pressfit]
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My daughter is the same way. I put elec tape over the left eye of her shooting glasses b/c she's right handed. She shoots fine like this, until she can close her left eye on her own that is.
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#3248591 - 05/17/13 08:51 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: MUP]
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I am right hand, left eye dominant. I tried shooting left handed for years. It just never felt right. Heck I can't write my name with my left hand, no wonder shooting with it was never right.

I bought a $2.00 eye patch at Wally World, problem solved.

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#3248653 - 05/17/13 09:57 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: Hammer]
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Im right hand left eye dominant. Shoot right and left hand on guns, but shoot right only with bows
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#3248681 - 05/17/13 10:24 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: pressfit]
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
My daughter is the same way.. your best long term bet is for him to shoot left handed ..when i figured out my daughter was that way we did the scotch tape trick and she has won 3 or 4 state titles trap shooting along with 1 national title .. she is 15 now..


So, is she shooting RH handed since you say that you used the scotch tape trick???

I actually never thought of using tape on glasses. Great idea. I feel sorry for the little fellow when he tries to close his left eye but just can't. \:\)
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#3248931 - 05/17/13 03:58 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: TN Larry]
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you should keep both eyes open at all times when shooting, bow, pistol, rifle or shotgun

the tape thingy works great but I like to use chapstick better.

have shooter mount weapon with their shooting glasses on, while they are aiming make a smudge about the size of a dime that will be centering on the eye

even with blurring the eye you will also pick up some eye strength and will not loose all of the perrifial[sp] vision that is sometimes needed
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#3248944 - 05/17/13 04:22 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: TN Larry]
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 Originally Posted By: TN Larry
 Originally Posted By: pressfit
My daughter is the same way.. your best long term bet is for him to shoot left handed ..when i figured out my daughter was that way we did the scotch tape trick and she has won 3 or 4 state titles trap shooting along with 1 national title .. she is 15 now..


So, is she shooting RH handed since you say that you used the scotch tape trick???

yes she shoots right handed
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#3249140 - 05/17/13 08:53 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: pressfit]
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I have a hunting buddy that is also right handed and left eye dominant. He can't shoot anything with a high cheek weld. But, he is a heck of a shot. I think it would be a disadvantage to wear a patch while hunting in order to use the right eye.
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#3249158 - 05/17/13 09:26 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: SCAT]
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I am rt. handed, left eye dominant.........do everything rt. handed with no problems. But, I shot all my handguns left eye open, rt. closed.

TN Larry, do some research or consult your doctor, it is possible to retrain his rt. eye to become the dominant eye, he is young and will probably adapt quickly to it.

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#3249181 - 05/17/13 09:53 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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at 5 years old he should just be enjoying the experience
let him adapt on his own with gentle guidance or he may be reluctant to participate
i am left handed and when i started to school the teacher thought that being left handed was a sign of being evil
and i was really tramatized (for a six year old) to not be able to use my left hand because i simply could not write with my right hand

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#3249277 - 05/18/13 06:33 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: 1 good shot]
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both of our boys and my step-dad are right handed/left eyed. they all shoot lefthanded.
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#3249378 - 05/18/13 09:30 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: stik]
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I really like that idea of the grease smudge over the dominant lens Chaney. Might just go that route now.
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#3249430 - 05/18/13 10:56 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: MUP]
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 Originally Posted By: MUP
I really like that idea of the grease smudge over the dominant lens Chaney. Might just go that route now.


they make some foggy vinyl stickers just for this purpose, but someone in the crowd always has a chapstick
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#3249578 - 05/18/13 04:16 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: Chaneylake]
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As a teenager, I discovered I was left-eye dominant, AFTER I had become proficient learning to shoot everything right-handed. It was quite a learning curve going to shooting left-handed, but now, with exception to a handgun, believe was wise to have made the switch. I still shoot handguns right-handed, but am aiming with my left eye.

The most awkward part for me was learning to shoot a bow left-handed. Learning to nock those arrows with the wrong hand!

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#3249585 - 05/18/13 04:33 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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I'm right handed but left eye dominant, so I shoot rifles lefthanded.
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#3249748 - 05/18/13 08:42 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: W.Seay]
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I am right hand, left eye dominant. I shoot rifles left hand, handguns right hand but with my left eye and my bow in my right hand.

Please do not try to FORCE him to use his right eye. If he is truly left eye dominant then that is his BEST EYE. Think about this. Try to force YOURSELF to shoot left hand with a patch over your right eye. Watch your scores drop. You will not be using your best eye which for YOU is your right eye.

Let him shoot how nature made him. He will soon be out shooting you one day.
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#3249781 - 05/18/13 09:09 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: Wildcat]
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I use about twice this amount on my daughters glasses.. some people cover the whole lens some get away with a dime size..
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#3249805 - 05/18/13 09:35 PM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: pressfit]
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
I use about twice this amount on my daughters glasses.. some people cover the whole lens some get away with a dime size..


very good, thanks for the photo

the right eye fit is perfect


Edited by Chaneylake (05/18/13 09:37 PM)
Edit Reason: added comment
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#3250908 - 05/20/13 09:12 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: Chaneylake]
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Thanks for the info! Let him shoot last night like this and no issues.
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#3255147 - 05/26/13 11:22 AM Re: Right Handed but Left Eye Dominant? [Re: TN Larry]
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I just figured out my 6 year old son is the same way. I was the same right handed and left eye dom when I started shooting. I remember using a patch and shooting lefty also. I thing it was a good thing now, I can shoot every which way now. Now I mainly shoot with both eyes open.
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