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Do I buy a Right hand or a Left hand Bow?

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Do I buy a Right hand or a Left hand Bow?

When buying your first bow it's important to know if you are Right Handed or Left Handed. For some people its easy, they do everything one way. For others it can be more confusing.

Picture: On the left is Hugo Lobb shooting LEFT HAND. On the right is Michael Fisher shooting RIGHT HAND. 


When buying your first bow it's important to know if you are Right Handed or Left Handed. For some people its easy, they do everything one way. For others it can be more confusing.

Dominant Hand

Most people will find it easy to decide. They might be someone who does everything Right Handed or does everything Left Handed. For them it's simple. Choose the way your naturally want to do things. If you write, bat, play tennis, throw etc right handed, then you will likely prefer a right handed bow. 
Many Left handed people ended up becoming a bit more ambidextrous in life and may end up choosing right hand. If your inclination is to pull the string with a particular hand, thats the hand you should choose. 

Eye Dominance

Here is where things get tricky. 
We tend to think of eyes as both processing information equally. However one of your eyes is dominant over the other. Its the eye everything lines up with with your other eye providing stereoscopic vision. 
It's not uncommon for someone who is Right Handed to be Left Eye dominant. When that happens they may find themselves aiming with the incorrect eye and missing badly. Sometimes it may even happen randomly. 
One solution for this is to shoot dominant eye over dominant hand. So if you are Left Eye dominant shoot Left Handed. For some this solution is fine. For others it's extremely difficult. If you are strongly biased towards one hand but are eye dominant with the other eye, an eye patch is an easy solution while learning.