33155Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Who shoots "one eye shut?" Both eyes?
- May 13, 2013I would like to add something to this discussion. I too
have read Byron's book and agree that with a LOT, and I
mean a LOT of practice one can learn to "be the arrow" and
hit anything that moves without knowing the distance and
without thinking about it.
It is how most, if not all of our Grand Masters shoot.
That said, not many have the time dedicated to learning to
shoot like that. Gap shooting gives better results
initially and quicker. I will accept the argument that you
will never become someone who can shoot at anything
anytime, but face it, most of our targets are at
So, if you have limited time, and want to become a
reasonable shooter faster, and realize that you will never
Food for thought.
> I have been taught to shoot with both eyes open since the---------------------------------------------------------------------
> first time I picked up a bow as a little boy.
> I am naturally left handed, and right-eye dominant, so I
> shoot a right handed bow. I shoot strictly "instinctive"
> (for lack of a better term), not gap shooting or some
> other "aiming" method. I try to follow Byron Ferguson's
> method he calls "Become the Arrow." This involves
> focusing entirely on the target itself, rather than the
> tip of the arrow in relation to the target.
> As such, both eyes open is *absolutely* critical in this
> method. When you close one eye your depth perception is
> somewhat altered, which would make a huge difference. I
> would imagine, with sufficient practice, it would be
> possible to overcome this, but considering how long I've
> shot with both eyes open... I doubt I'll be switching any
> time soon.
> In fact, the only time I recall shooting a bow "one eye
> closed" was during my "confused teenage years" when I
> shot one of those modern contraptions that pass for bows
> these days... You know, the ones with "training wheels"?
> --Edmund of Penyngton
> Live Weapons Marshal
> Kingdom of Gleann Abhann
> Shire of Coill Fhionnabhann
> --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "aelric_southlake"
> <magnetcoil@...> wrote:
> > Greetings, strange question (?) here...
> > Was talking to a guy who once shot traditional at a
> national level, and he mentioned that he shoots with one
> eye shut. It dawned on me that I had never tried that,
> nor had even THOUGHT about it - which is weird because I
> shoot rifles with one eye shut.
> > I am completely self taught as far as archery goes
> (need some real lessons), and was wondering if it isn't
> just common sense, or something, to shoot with one eye,
> or if that's some kind of "higher level" technique.
> > I tried it earlier today with unpleasant results, ha ha
> ha. I think, now that I've been doing it "my" way, it'd
> be a hard adjustment.
> > How do you all out there shoot - one eye or two?
> Anyone have the skinny on the rhymes or reasons for
> either way? Does it matter?
> > As always, thanks for any replies,
> > Aelric, West K.
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