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Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Who shoots "one eye shut?" Both eyes?

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  • Oscar Van Loveren 000724 recon
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    Message 1 of 28 , May 17, 2013
      OK, I'm sold.

      Goerijs.


      > Just FYI - Samuel ap Dewi (Ansteorra) shoots GAP and
      > shoots 120+
      >
      > Vincenti
      >
      >
      > On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM, Oscar Van Loveren 000724
      > recon <
      > oscar@...> wrote:
      >
      > > I 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
      > > 20-30-40-50-60 feet......
      > >
      > > So, if you have limited time, and want to become a
      > > reasonable shooter faster, and realize that you will
      > never
      > > shoot 110+......
      > >
      > > 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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