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Eye Dominance, does it matter with darts?
I'm also into archery, and despite being very right handed, I'm left eye dominate. I shoot a bow left handed.

As a matter of fact, I also shoot a shotgun or rifle left handed as well. However any hand gun I shoot right handed and just move it over to my left eye.

I've tried to throw a few darts left handed, but it isn't pretty.

Is there any impact on darting ability and cross eye dominance?
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For the majority of people it's a very important factor, most people have these same dominant hand as they have dominant eye and therefore bring the dart naturally to that eye on the that side of the body.
A notable exception is Bobby George who is left eye dominant but right hand dominant, watch his throw and he brings the dart across his face to the left eye, looks weird and he is seen as a figure of fun but he won the news of the world which was probably a harder title to win than the world's so obviously played to a serious standard that way.
A less notable exception is me, I'm right arm and right eye dominant but have recently found that I throw far straighter if I pull back to my weaker left eye.

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I think Taylor is left eye dominant and throws right handed, so I guess the answer is no but I personally would prefer it if I was right hand and right eye dominant instead of left eye dominant, you would think it would be an advantage really?
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I don't know. I just got to wondering if I need to make any adjustments to how I throw to compensate for it.
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i look at the board with both eyes open...seriously though,im right handed so i guess im right eyed dominant.
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(11-01-2014, 07:19 PM)ThunderEagle Wrote: I don't know. I just got to wondering if I need to make any adjustments to how I throw to compensate for it.

I'm like you, and I set up and throw more like George than Taylor. The main difference is that I bring the dart up in front of my nose, not under my left eye like Bobby, and turn my head just slightly to the right so I'm seeing one dart, not two.

There are two other cross dominant players in my regular group. One of them has chosen to ignore the whole issue. The other turns his head so far to the left that it's like he only has one eye. They're both good players. Different strokes...
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I've experimented with my stance the last week. I started out side ways to the board, right foot in front. That is actually not bad for me, as it is the same as my archery stance.

Briefly I felt squaring my shoulders up to the board was better, but I don't think it is.
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I think it depends on if you want to see the darts as your throwing it too, a lot of players throw from the side of their head so I doubt it matters in their cases but Taylor brings it across and king of lines it up, I think I actually turn my head to the right so my left eye is more in line.
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A good friend of mine has recently been to the optician and got contact lens for playing snooker and says it has transformed his game. now I'm considering maybe getting lens to try with my darts as I am left handed but right eye dominant and frequently catch myself turning my head, It improves my grouping but everything lands to the right, keep hitting 3 x T1 or lots of T3.Funny old game LOL
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I tried contact lenses but just cant get on with them.
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I am left hand dominant and right eye dominant. I am a shooter also. I shoot bow and pistol right handed, rifle and shotgun left handed, and thrown darts with my left hand. I personally think it matters less in darts because it is more hand eye coordination than having a straight line of sight the whole time (if that makes any sense). When's shooting your eye is looking through the sights to the target the entire time. Most players in darts don't pull back, throw, and release in the same line as their eye. I am by no means an expert or a professional but I personally throw with the dart a little to the left of my left eye when I draw it back. I have seen people throw with it way off to the side and throw much better than myself. Also think about throwing a ball. Does it matter which eye is dominant and which hand is throwing, I tihnk not. It's all about coordination. Getting the object where you are looking.
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As wikipedia says:

"It has been asserted that cross-dominance (in which the dominant eye is on one side and the dominant hand is on the other) is advantageous in sports requiring side-on stances (e.g. baseball, cricket, golf);[15] however, studies within the last 20 years have shown this not to be the case."

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(11-02-2014, 10:43 AM)Ni518079 Wrote: Does it matter which eye is dominant and which hand is throwing, I tihnk not. It's all about coordination. Getting the object where you are looking.

All I know is, unless I get the dart more or less under my left eye, I see two them. This wasn't a problem, of course, until I noticed it. :-)
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(11-02-2014, 02:20 PM)brenthahn Wrote:
(11-02-2014, 10:43 AM)Ni518079 Wrote: Does it matter which eye is dominant and which hand is throwing, I tihnk not. It's all about coordination. Getting the object where you are looking.

All I know is, unless I get the dart more or less under my left eye, I see two them. This wasn't a problem, of course, until I noticed it. :-)

That's kind of what I'm talking about. I don't look at the dart I look at the board.
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