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Dominant Eye - 03-05-2013, 08:09 AM

Good Morning,

I was reading a post by hang-the-9 this morning and he made me think of something I had been wondering about. I write with my right hand and other things throughout the day right handed. I shoot pool left handed because I am left eye dominant. I also shoot a gun and bow left handed. It just feels more natural that way. If I try to shoot pool,gun,or a bow with my right hand I find myself naturally trying to aim through my left eye. Those of you that have tried that know how awkward and hard it is to do.

I was wondering if any of you are in the same boat as me or am I just abnormal. I have an identical twin brother and he plays right handed and my dad also plays pool left handed and is right handed.

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03-05-2013, 08:20 AM

There are a few pool players who are, I forget the term, opposite eye dominant maybe?

In pool their adjustment is to sort of tilt the head until that opposite eye is now over the cue. You see a few players with a very defined head tilt.

However if you already have spent some time with your left hand then you might as well stick with it. I think someone said Mike Sigel is a righty naturally, but taught himself pool left handed. Worked out pretty well for him.
  
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03-05-2013, 08:32 AM

Yep, Lots of folks that way. I shoot pool, rifle left handed. Write, shoot pistol right handed.

My oldest son, writes, plays guitar, shoots, etc. left and right handed.

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03-05-2013, 08:35 AM

I'm right-eyed and right-handed.
I wish I was left-eyed....players that are opposite-eye dominant look more
comfortable over the cue(to me), even more than 20/20 players.

At one time there were 3 players who were cross-dominant...
...Willie Mosconi, Joe Davis, and George Chenier...if you compare them to
Earl Strickland and Neils Fejien...they look a lot better.


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03-05-2013, 10:23 AM

I thought I heard on a stream just the other week that Shawn Putnam was right-handed in life, but he plays left-handed.


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03-05-2013, 10:36 AM

I am opposite eye dominant. I shoot both pool, and guns, right handed with the left eye doing most of the work. An injury as a youngster was the cause of this condition. It has caused no problems.
Coincidentally, I knew a girl in Panama who was right eye dominant because her left eye was glass. She used to tell me that whenever I came to town she'd keep an eye out for me.


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03-05-2013, 10:40 AM

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The "master eye" is an issue if you are getting down on the cue ball unnaturally
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Arrow The "master eye" is an issue if you are getting down on the cue ball unnaturally - 03-05-2013, 11:02 AM

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Good Morning,

I was reading a post by hang-the-9 this morning and he made me think of something I had been wondering about. I write with my right hand and other things throughout the day right handed. I shoot pool left handed because I am left eye dominant. I also shoot a gun and bow left handed. It just feels more natural that way. If I try to shoot pool,gun,or a bow with my right hand I find myself naturally trying to aim through my left eye. Those of you that have tried that know how awkward and hard it is to do.

I was wondering if any of you are in the same boat as me or am I just abnormal. I have an identical twin brother and he plays right handed and my dad also plays pool left handed and is right handed.

Thanks, Adam
I'm right eye dominant, but started out playing golf and batting in baseball left handed. The "master eye" is an issue if you are getting down on the cue ball with your body out of alignment, however, if you open your stance and put your left foot (right handed players) parallel to the "line of the shot" it will enable you to face the shot more naturally.

I had to make this adjustment after my first tournament in Toronto - glad I did because I have no neck or back aches and pains like many players do that twist or align their head/neck/chin to the line of the shot without aligning the rest of the body. I like the feeling of "shooting the cue ball out of my chest" so I get that full, square, and aligned shooting position.


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I'm right eye dominant, but started out playing golf and batting in baseball left handed. The "master eye" is an issue if you are getting down on the cue ball with your body out of alignment, however, if you open your stance and put your left foot (right handed players) parallel to the "line of the shot" it will enable you to face the shot more naturally.

I had to make this adjustment after my first tournament in Toronto - glad I did because I have no neck or back aches and pains like many players do that twist or align their head/neck/chin to the line of the shot without aligning the rest of the body. I like the feeling of "shooting the cue ball out of my chest" so I get that full, square, and aligned shooting position.


CJ,

Can you post a picture of this. becuase I am in the middle of reworking my stance and this sounds similar to what I am doing (like a snooker stance moreso than a pool stance)???

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03-05-2013, 12:09 PM

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I'm right eye dominant, but started out playing golf and batting in baseball left handed. The "master eye" is an issue if you are getting down on the cue ball with your body out of alignment, however, if you open your stance and put your left foot (right handed players) parallel to the "line of the shot" it will enable you to face the shot more naturally.

I had to make this adjustment after my first tournament in Toronto - glad I did because I have no neck or back aches and pains like many players do that twist or align their head/neck/chin to the line of the shot without aligning the rest of the body. I like the feeling of "shooting the cue ball out of my chest" so I get that full, square, and aligned shooting position.
When I get down on the ball I extend my right foot and plant my left foot behind me just a little. I shoot left handed though so I guess it is opposite of your stance. I am a bigger guy so it is hard for me to get down as far as you but I guess I have been doing it so long it just feels more comfortable than what I "need" to be doing. Thanks for the input CJ
  
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03-05-2013, 12:49 PM

ok...now for the question...is it better to have the cue centered over your dominant eye or between both?


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03-05-2013, 03:13 PM

I'm not sure if I center the cue between my eyes or not but I do see a lot of people aim while the cue is centered ON their chin. I don't get down quite that far but I guess it would be better on my aiming if I did. I know that I use my left eye but I don't know if I center the cue under my eye or not. I have never really paid that much attention to detail. I just get down on the ball and do what feels natural. It is hard to unlearn bad habits especially if you have been doing them for a while.

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03-05-2013, 03:38 PM

You guys are over thinking this a bit much. I shoot rightie and am left eye dominant. The trick is aim with your non dominant eye


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