Why does Eye Dominance Matter in Golf?

Why does Eye Dominance Matter in Golf?

Understanding your eye dominance can help improve your alignment and aiming in golf, especially in putting where precision is crucial. If you're right-handed but left eye dominant (or vice versa), you might need to adjust your stance or the way you line up your putts for better accuracy. These simple tests can be done anywhere and provide immediate insight into your eye dominance, aiding in the customization of your golfing technique for improved performance.

How to determine eye dominance for golfers

Determining your eye dominance is a simple process that can be done with a quick test. Here's how you can figure out if you are right or left eye dominant:

The "Miles Test" Method:

  1. Create a Small Opening with Your Hands:
    Extend both hands in front of you at arm's length. Overlap your hands to create a small triangular opening between your thumbs and the first knuckle of your forefingers.
  2. Choose a Distant Object:
    Select a small object in the distance to focus on through the opening made with your hands. This object should be about 10 to 20 feet away.
  3. Aim with Both Eyes Open:
    With both eyes open, center this distant object in the triangular opening made by your hands.
  4. Close One Eye at a Time:
    Close your right eye. If the object stays in position, centered through the opening, you are left eye dominant. If the object seems to move out of the opening, reopen your right eye and close your left eye. If the object stays in position with your left eye closed, you are right eye dominant.

The "Point Test" Method:

  1. Point at a Distant Object:
    Extend one arm and point a finger at a distant object. Keep both eyes open.
  2. Close One Eye at a Time:
    Close your right eye. If your finger still points directly at the object without moving, you are left eye dominant. If your finger appears to move off the target, you are likely right eye dominant.
  3. Repeat by closing the other eye to confirm.
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