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Are you right handed but shoot left handed?
yes, really right handed but shoot left handed 82%  82%  [ 252 ]
no, I am really left handed all the way. 18%  18%  [ 57 ]
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 Post subject: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:34 pm 
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I am curious to know what percentage of you left handed
shooters are right handed but shoot left handed, Also it
might be interesting to know why you shoot with the
weak hand.



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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:44 pm 
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When I was active duty they trained us to shoot with our weak side in the event that our only cover required us to shoot that way. To this day I still will switch hands at the trap/skeet range or in the field just to stay in practice. I know that wasn't the spirit of the question, but since I did learn that skill...

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:45 pm 
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In my case I am right handed but upon taking up the shotgun
I decided to shoot left handed because I was left eye
dominant.. I shot exclusively left handed for years, until
it felt clumsy to do it right handed. At some point I decided
to try going right handed again and did for several years,
but occasionally shot left handed since I had pretty well
perfected it in the years that I did it. Mainly though I shot
right handed.

Eventually I developed the skill to shoot right handed
with both eyes open, which I could not do originally,
Originally I could only keep both eyes open left handed.

To make things even more confusing, several years ago
my dominance changed to the right eye. Now I was right
handed and right eyed. Funny thing though I could still
shoot left handed with no problem. For several years
I have been shooting both ways. Some shots I prefer left
handed and some I prefer right handed, but in fact
my shooting is just about equal regardless of which
hand I use, and my brain has adjusted to where it
pretty much just uses the eye that is behind the gun
without me having to close an eye or cut off vision
some other way.

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:23 am 
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I do some things left handed and some right. I just happen to shoot with my left hand. I've always done it this way. As an example, I play golf right handed. Go figure.

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:51 am 
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I shoot shotgun and write left handed...everything else right handed....Bowling, eating, throwing.

I feel like I shoot a pistol right handed? Probably because I close an eye aiming a pistol.

I am definitely left eye dominant.


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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:38 pm 
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My youngest is right handed and his master eye is right. Tried to teach him to shoot right handed. I am a natural lefty, and it kind of stinks that the options are so limited. He just never felt right shooting right handed, and I figured why make a big deal out of it. He loves deer hunting and it does not seem to hurt his shooting.


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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:24 pm 
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I'm left eyed, but I shot left handed long before I learned about eye dominance. Pretty much right handed on everything else, including handgun. Only long gun I shoot right handed is a musket when CW reenacting - in reenactments, you better not actually hit anything!

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:55 am 
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This following is interesting.
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I do some things left handed and some right. I just happen to shoot with my left hand. I've always done it this way. As an example, I play golf right handed.

What hand to you throw with? That is what I usually think of as the
dominant hand. Actually golfing should be done with the wrong
hand. That is right handers should use the left handed grip. The
reason is that the most common mistake in golf is the slice, and
the slice is caused by overpowering with the lower hand on the
golf club. With the right handed swing the right hand is the
lower hand. When you put too much power on this hand you
get a slice. You have to get your power from the left arm,
which is counter intuitive to a right handed person. In effect
the proper golf swing is a back handed swing with the left arm
with the right arm just sort of going along for the ride. Now
if a right handed person would use the left handed grip then
his lower hand would be the left and he could think of his
swing as making a backhand swing with his right arm providing
the power, and this would give less tendency to slice.
Ben Hogan for example was left handed but used right hand
clubs. Bob Charles the well known pro from many years
back swung left handed and everyone refered to him as a
lefthanded but in fact he was right handed and just golfed
lefthanded for the reasons I gave above.

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:14 am 
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Great point, I throw, write, shoot, shotgun, rifle or pistol, golf, play baseball, play tennis, use garden tools and just about everything with my left hand. I am also left eye dominate. A total left hander.

That said, I am totally aware how much I use my right hand. That is the interesting part. Even something simple like starting a lawn mower.

Now somebody correct me if I am wrong here. I would have thought that when Ben Hogan played that a left handed golf club would not have existed. Again I could be wrong here.

To use your golf analogy using a current player. I think Phil Mickelson is a great example here. As I recall he only plays golf left handed. I use him because I am not to familiar with Bob Charles.

Any way I will say again you are making an interesting point. And sorry for the long-winded, rambling reply.

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:44 am 
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I do almost everything right handed (write, throw, kick, and totally right hand dominant), but am left eye dominant and therefor shoot a rifle/shotgun and play pool left handed!
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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:35 am 
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Left eye dominant, shoot, write, and do most things LH.

Baseball: bat RH, throw LH. RH family members taught me wrong :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:22 pm 
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DevilsAdvocate wrote:
Actually golfing should be done with the wrong hand.

I think Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus would take exception to that theory, but your point has merit.

I throw with my right hand. I play tennis with my left hand. I write with my left. I play pool lefty. I'm not ambidextrous. I guess I'm just weird.

I also believe this is why I'm not better at some things. I honestly believe that had I been forced to be one way or the other for all things, I would be much worse at some things, but infinitely better at others. Alas, the world may never know.

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:07 pm 
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looking at this thought:
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Now somebody correct me if I am wrong here. I would have thought that when Ben Hogan played that a left handed golf club would not have existed. Again I could be wrong here.

I think it could very well be that left hand clubs were not
around when Hogan took up the game. He could very well
have used right hand clubs because that is all he had.
It could have been a blessing in disquise that he could not
find left hand clubs. Many pros advocate using the off
hand at golf, so Jack and Tiger might not agree that you
should use dominant hand.

One thing that happens with kids is that they just do what
they are told. So if a kid is told to "hold the gun like this"
then they could very well be taught to shoot against their
hand and eye dominance. Also I know a guy that shot left
handed and was right handed, and the reason was that he
could not close his left eye. So when he was told to hold
the rifle like this and close your eye he could not do it.
Holding it in the left hand though he could close his right
eye. So this fact made him learn to shoot left handed
totally on the fact of which eye he could close. He never
did know which was his dominant eye and never tried to
shoot with both eyes open.

Along this line of people just learning because the equipment
happens to be right handed, this happened to my 2nd
son. He was naturally left handed. When he started playing
baseball he played right handed because the glove that
he borrowed was for a right handed player. I noticed this
after he had been playing for about a week. I know you
are not suppose to force them to change, but since he
had voluntarily started playing right handed I did not
stop him. I did buy him a left handed glove though and
started playing catch with him. I used one right glove
and one left glove. I started out with one and he started
out with one. We threw and caught for awhile, then
we switched gloves and did it with the other side for
awhile. I could do it either way, but I was much better
throwing right handed. Anyway he developed both
ways with equal strength and accuracy. After he did
this for about a year, he broke his left arm. For the
next few months he did everything with the wrong
arm, his right, including writing. He finally healed but
his left arm had lost strength while being broken.
Now he could throw better right handed than left handed
whereas before the injury he was equal. Over time
his left hand came back up to strength, even after
a long duration he was still just slightly stronger at
throwing right handed than left handed. When I
taught him to shoot it was discovered that he had
right eye dominance, so I started him on the gun
right handed. He still shoots right handed, but
for most parts he is pretty well ambidextrous.

I believe people should attempt to learn at a young
age both ways. They do it with no trouble, so
why not?

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:44 pm 
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Strongly LE dominant but right handed. My dad was the same. He figured out when I was six that I was LE dominant after he tried to teach me to shoot a rifle RH and I couldn't hit a thing. Switched hands and bingo. Been shooting LH since then, i.e., for the past 44 years.

Pretty much everything else is done RH.


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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:05 pm 
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I switched at about age 6 when I couldn't hit anything with my BB gun. My uncle who had shot all his life asked my Mom to check my eye dominance.

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:38 am 
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Left handed/left-eye dom. & shoot LH. Forced to use RH sissors and power tools due that mostly what's out there.

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:44 pm 
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I am right eye dominant and right handed, but when it comes to a long gun it feels clumsy on the right side so I shoot left handed. I can and do occasionally shoot a rifle right handed but it just feels more natural on the left side especially in skeet. The swing of the gun is smooth on the left side. I am definetly a wierd one here. LOL

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:52 pm 
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I am right handed but shoot left. I do everything right except aim, since I'm left eye dominant. Actually works better for guns, since your strong arm supports the gun, and the weaker hand just pulls a trigger. It's tougher with a bow/arrow though, since you have to pull that bow back with your weaker hand.

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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:45 am 
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I was 47 years old when I switched to left handed shooting due to eye dominance issues. Its hard to even load a O/U right handed now.


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 Post subject: re: How many left handed shooters are right handed?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:16 pm 
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I too am LE and left hand dominate. I have tried to shoot rh but could not the broad side of a barn at 20 yards,plus it just does not feel right. I have tried to shoot a bow rh. I could not even hit a 4 x 4 block of foam a 15 to 20 yards.Way low and way left . I bowl left but when I worked at a bowling alley 12+ years ago I made myself bowl rh but not on league night. I write, throw, throw darts, shoot pool LH. But I golf rh because when I started the only clubs I could find were RH. A year or 2 later I came accross a LH set but the slice was terible so I stayed with the RH clubs. I can switch hit more power LH but more hits RH. I use my left hand for just about everything unless I just have to use my right.




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