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One eyed shooters

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by j9, Oct 21, 2008.

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  1. j9

    j9 TS Member

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    I am an one-eyed shooter. I have tried for months to shoot with both eyes only to hit maybe 2 out of ten. I have put a dot on my left eye... I have done the typical stuff. I just I feel like I am doomed to be a one eyed shooter. I can't even look through binoculars with two eyes no matter how I adjust them. I have been this way since I can remember. I write, eat, drink, and do all fine motor skills with my left hand. I shoot, bowl, throw a ball, play racquet sports, and do all gross motor skills with my right hand. I feel that I am at a great disadvantage when I talk to my two-eyed shooting buddies. Am I at a great disadvantage? J9
     
  2. Force Break

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    No, and I am in the same boat.
    Wayne
     
  3. tachyon

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    Nora Ross is a great one eyed shooter. Collyn Loper finished 4th in the 2004 olympics in women's trap, one target out of the medals. She is blind in one eye. You can be an excellent shooter as a one eyed shooter.

    It is my experience in coaching high school trap for many years now that some people will shoot better as a one eyed shooter. There is also some evidence that you can train your eyes to perform better. Phil Kiner has an eye training video that may help.
     
  4. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure that you are looking down the barrel of the gun with your master eye?

    If so, then you may need to stick with being a one eyed shooter.

    Hauxfan!
     
  5. mercedesman1981

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    Hauxfan got it right, are you cross-eye dominant? is really the $64 question.

    Mike
     
  6. SD-99

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    I'm a one-eyed shooter and I am proud! I started shooting last year and almost quit before I found one-eyed shooting. Why do two-eyed shooters all think that everyone can shoot 2-eyed? Shotgun sports has probably lost thousands if not millions of shooters over the years trying to make everyone a 2-eyed shooter.
     
  7. JBrooks

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    "I just I feel like I am doomed to be a one eyed shooter."

    ROFLMAO!

    I started shooting 3 years ago as a two eyed shooter got to a high 95 A average, shot my first 100 straight and made the 27. Decided that I would "doom" myself to being a one eyed shooter in the spring and switched.

    On 2700 singles targets since, a 97.96 average, a 200 straight, 4 more 100 straights and 6 99s.

    Woe is me! lol

    In short, don't worry about whether you shoot one or two eyed, just do what you have to do to get as good as you can get.
     
  8. BILL GRILL

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    Jim Creighton from Mich shoots one eye look up his averages! I think he was the state doubles champ this year.
     
  9. BrowningGal

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    It's not a problem to shoot one-eyed. I'm a proud one-eyed shooter.

    If tape or dots are not working for you, just close that off-eye. I had huge problems trying to use tape. It just didn't work for me. I would actually get a vertigo bout from it. Closing the eye solved the problem.

    Bottom line is don't let someone try to bully you into shooting two-eyed if it doesn't work for you. You don't have to be a two-eyed shooter to be successful at trap. Just hold on the house so your barrel is not blocking your view of the bird, and then when you see the bird, make a controlled move to the target and smash it to smithereens.
     
  10. otnot

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    Have you tried to shoot left handed? My son is like that but just the opposite. He is right eye dominate but throws a ball left handed, writes,eats and shoots right handed.
     
  11. highflyer

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    I really don't see how it could be that much of a handicap in trap shooting. But in skeet, sporting clays or hunting I would think a target coming from your blind side would be harder to shoot.
     
  12. shooterIII

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    highflyer

    Just because one is a one eyed shooter does not mean that one walks around with one eye shut all the time.
     
  13. FLAKETM

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    I'm a one-eyed shooter who has opened both eyes, no dot or tape or anything, for a year now. I'm just getting to the point of shooting well but it takes GREAT patience. Nothing wrong with using one eye. But, I had no choice. Have glaucoma and lost some peripheal (forgive spelling) vision in my shooting eye. Couldn't hit targets consistently. When I mount the gun, I look right down the barrel at the bead for a moment, which locks my shooting eye in. Then I raise my eyes and call for the bird. Has taken a long time but it seems to be working now. Good luck with whatever you do.
     
  14. midalake

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    One eye shooters can carry just as high scores as anyone else. Some people just cannot shoot two eye, me included. I cannot remember the last time I averaged under 97 in singles. Also run either A or AA in doubles. No draw back to handicap either.

    GS
     
  15. oldsoul

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    I am and have always been a one eye shooter. What got me into the high 90's was calling for the bird with both eyes open and closing my left after I see the bird. It may sound complicated but it is not. Try it, you'll like it!

    Scott
     
  16. The Rock

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    It helps but if I can carry a 96 average shooting one-eyed it not as bad as some let on.

    Anything can be an excuse.

    Rock

    Jim
     
  17. wayneo

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    This might sound strange, I use one eye and a low gun hold on post 1 and 5, and two eyes and a high gun hold on 2,3,4. I think that helps me focus on the hard lefts and rights, and eases eye strain on the others. Wayne
     
  18. phirel

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    Shooting with one eye does present a disadvantage, but not one so great that it prevents shooting good scores. Shooting with one good eye is much better than shooting with two less than good eyes. Having a long neck is also a disadvantage. A shooter using only one eye but having a short neck may be better off than a two eyed shooter with a long neck. A shooter who can intensely concentrate on seeing and breaking the target as he calls for the bird has a great advantage over most of us regardless of our body shape and eye dominance.

    I shoot with one eye and I have a long neck, but I can still have fun shooting.

    Pat Ireland
     
  19. Phil Kiner

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    I have been criticized for not trying to get all shooters to shoot with two eyes. The fact of the matter is that about 30% of men and about 98% of women will break better scores with some variation of one-eyed shooting than they will with both eyes open.

    Long story short if you cannot break as many targets with two as you can with one then you probably need to shoot with one eye.
     
  20. highflyer

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    I wasn't suggesting that he walk around with one eye shut all the time. What I was saying is that using one eye would be more of a disadvantage in sporting clays, hunting and skeet where many times you have doubles on opposite sides of the field. When you close one eye you lose a significant portion of your peripheral vision. That peripheral vision is what picks up the second target first. You would have to have both eyes open, then close one right before you shoot, then open them again to pick up the double on the opposite side quicker, then close one eye again to shoot. Two eyes also help you with depth perception by giving you two slightly different view points. Sure you can shoot with one eye closed if you have to, but it is better to shoot with two eyes open if you can. I can see shooting with one eye closed if your left eye was your dominate eye and you were right handed.
     
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