I am cross eye dominate, right handed but left eyed. Can't scratch my head with my left hand. I didn't know about this stuff until I had a real nice bow. I finally worked out a system of concentrating on my bow hand for "aiming". Now, after many years, it is a no brainer for me. When I shoot a pistol, I hold it under my left eye, but still use my right hand for the mechanical functions
I have a good friend who was a grunt in Iraq, who is left handed but shot his M-4 just fine. If you son does wind up in the military, though that is quite a journey to plan when he is only 5, they will work with him.
When it comes to shooting a bow, if he's set on shooting right handed either train him to close his dominant eye or use an eye patch at the time of the shot. I think that messes with depth perception and the ability to shoot well in low light though.
I would think you could do the same thing for a pistol... just close the dominant eye and shoot right handed if thats the way you choose to go. Otherwise why not shoot left handed?
The fact is that IF you can or are willing to train to shoot with both eyes open, which is the best way with many weapons especially the bow, it may be neccesary to shoot according to your dominant eye.
This is not difficult regardless of how clumsy it feels at first everyone seems to get the hang of it and make it feel completely natural in short order. There are many factors in choosing an eye to aim with beyond dominance and I am not so sure it will limit anyone to use the non-dominant eye.
I shoot my bow very well with my dominant eye, most of the time. Let me explain. I shoot the bow right handed, which is my dominant hand, and my eye strength is close enough to even that when I put a peep to my right eye in low light, the reduction in light causes my left eye to take over. Consequently, and much to my chagrine, I must close my left eye to shoot, loosing light and binocular capabilities in the process.
Fortunately, in bow shooting, I do not want or need the pin to be sharp. Instead I prefer the target to be in focus and the pin floats blurry so my far sightedness does not negatively effect me.
Then there is pistol, my left eye is capable of focusing at closer distances and I want the front blade to be as sharp as possible so I shoot it right handed with my left eye.
My wife is clearly left eye dominant but right handed and she used to shoot right handed but now shoots a left handed bow. Her skill did not noticably improve with one hand over the other.
The resale value of left handed bows, and the market size, are both smaller. It will be harder for me to give her bow to my grand-daughter and buy her a new one as my grand-kids are all right handed and right eye dominant.
To sum up, just get her started and see where it goes because there are other factors that may be more important at this point.
If I had a kid that was definitely left eye dominate I would start them off very young shooting everything left handed with both eyes open. It will become second nature.
Twenty years ago it was a pain because left handed youth bows were limited. Now they are made by most major manufactures.
It will eliminate a lot of problems once he masters it, and he will shoot better and more instinctively IMHO.
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Last year, at the age of 7 I finally checked him and realized that he was L eye dominant. I struggled with the same decision and finally a month ago, at the age of 8, I swallowed the pill and bought him a L handed bow to try. He struggled for about 30 minutes and we had to start with the poundage much lower, but now about 3 weeks later he is shootng WAY better than he ever was R handed. He has taken to it very well and he says it is easier to shoot, i think he was always having to fight the eye issue before and now this is just more natural.
The next opportunity I have, I am going to try him L handed on his .22 as well, but I think I know where this is all heading for him.
I shoot guns Left handed. I shoot a Bow Right handed.
Bat Right hand
Golf Right hand
Tie Flies Right hand.
It is a Right hand world, easier to find Right hand tools, bows, guns, ect......
Sure you can get by if you want to be cheap (buyin LH equiptment cost more), people claim they can shoot RH. LE dom. but you will never reach true potential.
Why do you want to handicap your kid from a young age? My oldest boy is RH LE and I have him shooting LH for everything (handgun he goes either RH or LH), and its as natural to him as anything since he started that way (actually he did "shoot" RH when he was 2-4yrs old until I could verify his eye dominance)
Shotgun is a huge problem if you try to force the non-dominate eye.