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We show you how to carry out a test to discover which is your dominant eye

Dominant Eye Test

Posted: 09.05.11 in Darts Performance Centre Blog category

We show you how to carry out a test to discover which is your dominant eye


To throw accurate darts you need to ensure that you are aiming your dart with your dominant eye. Archery and pistol shooters have known the benefits of this for years. Dart players do normally take aim naturally with their dominant eye but we have been surprised about the amount of players who had not ever checked.

First of all 97% of people have a dominant eye. The main role of your dominant eye is to give your brain accurate positional information of whatever you have set your sight on, obviously crucial for a sport like darts!  Some good news also is that generally if you are right handed your dominant eye is your right and left handed it is your left eye. This means you should be using the correct eye even if you are totally oblivious to dominant eyes and the like. However, we have been amazed at the quantity of players who are the opposite, right handed and left eye dominant and of course vice versa.

So how do you find out which is your dominant eye?

Watch Gary on the video taking the eye test



or try this:

1. Join your two hands together to form a small key hole to look through

2 Hold your hand away from your face and focus on an object a few metres away through the key hole you have created

3 Slowly bring your hand back towards your eyes ensuring you do not lose focus on the object through the keyhole

4 Bring your hands all the way back to your eyes and whichever eye the key hole is covering when you get all the way back is your dominant eye.

Still not sure try this test – 

Author: Paul Gillings ( paul@dartsperformancecentre.com )

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