How (& Why) You Should Find Your Dominant Eye

Eye dominance matters for pistol shooters, too! Julie Golob explains the how and why.

posted on June 23, 2021

At its heart, all shooting boils down to hand-eye coordination. For some of us, that hand-eye coordination is completely natural ... but for others, we often find that the bullets aren't hitting where we were looking. One of the reasons that can happen is eye dominance. 

Never heard of eye dominance? Well, if you're a handgun shooter, that's probably because most of the time people talk about eye dominance in terms of shotgun shooting. The truth is that it matters with pistols, too (just not quite as much). Just as most people have a dominant hand, most people have a dominant eye. The trouble is that they're not always on the same side. 

In this video from Smith & Wesson's GUNSMARTS series, pro shooter Julie Golob teaches you a simple way to determine which of your eyes is in control when you shoot. We dare you to watch it and not immediately try her trick! 

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