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How to improve your game by identifying your dominant eye

701   //    09 Nov 2012, 15:13 IST

Many people have no idea what eye dominance is, so you’ll automatically benefit from learning how to use it to your advantage.

One of the most important skills required of athletes, is the strongest hand-eye coordination, but for many people, accuracy is a big problem.

A lot of people can improve their accuracy and their ability to react quicker easily.

One of the best and quickest ways to remedy this problem, is to identify your dominant eye.

This can provide an immediate benefit, no matter what the sport.

How to identify your dominant eye:

The vast majority of people know whether they’re left handed or right handed; left footed or right footed. While most people know which hand or foot is dominant, few know which is their dominant eye.

By identifying your dominant eye, you can position your head/eye in a way which allows you to coordinate better and improve your aim. Here’s how:

1. Locate an object across the room.

2. Stretch your arms out in front of you.

3. Overlap your right hand over left, forming a triangular shaped hole with your thumbs.

4. Through the hole you’ve formed, look at the object you have picked, with both eyes open.

5. Close your left eye. Can you still see the object through the hole you formed by your hands?

6. If you can, you’re right eye is dominant. If not, close your right eye. Whichever eye keeps the object in sight through the hole of your hands, is the dominant one.

Why does it matter which eye is dominant? Some sports, such as archery or shooting, require you to aim and shoot using one side of the body. In this case, being right handed with a dominant right eye can provide an advantage.

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But many people have a dominant eye which is the opposite of their dominant hand. For example, a right handed person may have a dominant left eye. This is known as cross-dominance and is thought to provide an advantage in sports such as golf, snooker, pool, and baseball to name a few.

Actionable tips to improve your game:

Identifying your dominant eye can be a very quick way to improve your aim. Put this into action by relying on the dominant eye more when aiming, altering the position of your head to achieve this.

Another option is to increase the dominance of your other eye, although this takes time and won’t happen overnight. To change your dominant eye, you can try putting an eye patch on the one which is currently dominant.

Tip for Snooker and Pool players: When taking aim, look down the cue with your dominant eye.

Tip for golfers: If your left eye is dominant, focus on the back of the golf ball. If your right eye is dominant, try focusing on the front of the ball instead.

So to up your game, identify your dominant eye and then use this knowledge to inform your positioning, or increase the dominance of your other eye. Many people have no idea what eye dominance is, so you’ll automatically benefit from learning how to use it to your advantage.

A number of athletes have also improved their game drastically after starting to wear contact lenses. A slight enhancement in vision can provide a big boost in athletic performance, so scheduling eye tests frequently and wearing contacts can churn out big benefits.

Have you been having problems with your aim? Put these quick and easy tips to the test and let me know how you get on.

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