eye-dominanceCorrect identification of “eye dominance” is essential to the best success with archery. You can be right handed yet be left eye dominant and vise versa. If you are right eye dominant, you’ll want to hold the bow in the left hand and if you’re left eye dominant, you’ll want to hold the bow in in the right hand. In either case, aiming should always be with BOTH eyes open.

The Bear Wizard, Titan and Martin #154 fiberglass bows are equally “lefty/righty”. These are great for kids to try both ways to hold the bow and experiment to find which works best for them.

dominant_eyeTo test, hold your hands out at arms length and with both eyes open, look through the hole formed by your hands at a distant object. Keeping that object in view, slowly move your hands towards your face until they touch your face. The hole formed by your hands should be over one of your eyes. This eye is your dominant eye and will control your aiming. Another quick way to test your eye dominance is to point your index finger at a distant object with both eyes open, then close one eye and see if your finger appears to move away from what you are pointing at. If your finger does appear to move, then the eye that you closed is your dominant eye. Try again with your other eye and your finger should not appear to move. If you are RIGHT EYE dominant, you are a RIGHT HAND shooter and should shoot a right handed bow (the vast majority). The opposite is true with left eye dominance, and a left handed bow would be needed for the best and most natural archery performance.