The Science | Shoot SP

Do you want to shoot with two eyes open but find that you struggle?

The most common problem is eye dominance – fluctuating dominance; central dominance; cross-dominance or any combination of these. This can make your results very variable.

When in the ready position and the barrels are in your peripheral vision, you may have a double image of the barrels, this is created by a picture from each eye. If unchecked when you address the target and take the shot either barrel could be used to establish the shot or even a combination of the two – an effect of central vision.

When the right eye image for right-handed shooters or the left eye image for left-handed shooters isn’t used,  the gun will not be pointing where you expect and a miss will occur.

A solution to this is to place a trigger or stimulant like the SP so that one barrel becomes unique and hence allowing the correct barrel to be identified in your peripheral vision subconsciously. The science is as simple as giving your eye something to see subconsciously and this will create a reaction. This is not unlike the ability to catch a ball that is first seen in your peripheral vision to the side but you are able to react and catch it irrelevant of the side or your dominance. The brain has a stimulant (the moving ball) and uses the eye closest (as your other eye will be blocked by your nose) to establish information to allow you to catch it.

The SP is placed on the right side for right-handed shooters and on the left for left-handed shooters. The constant image of the SP in your peripheral vision will add consistency in the shot picture and will control the eye taking the shot – remember only the eye over the rib can see the SP so only this eye is being stimulated, It is critical that the opposite eye can’t see the SP.

The SP is the closest thing to training your eye to be dominant. The SP does not occlude vision, both eyes are seeing as much as possible. The SP ensures the eye over the rib is effectively dominant when it comes to shot information and picture – it’s that simple. Without the SP the brain will be getting conflicting information from your eyes and a clear picture is difficult to establish.

Developing the SP

Shooters spend a lot of money on equipment, practising and travel but overlook a vital aspect. Over 85% suffer from some form of eye dominance, so they aren’t fully in control of the eye on the gun. This can lead to frustrating and inconsistent results.

I started to develop the SP when I realised that my shooting was affected by eye dominance issues, which existing commercial options didn’t solve. I began designing a discreet solution that wouldn’t distract the shooter and could be used gun up or gun down to give total control of the eye on the gun. I produced numerous prototypes based on research about how the brain uses different information.

Shootsp eye dominance

A scientific design

The final product enabled me to shoot more easily and more accurately. With the help of a Professor who has an in-depth knowledge of eye dominance in sport, I started to collect scientific data and to conduct tests to show the impact of the SP on shooting. Meanwhile, shooters of various abilities tried the new component and it soon became clear that it could help people at all levels of the sport.

The SP was designed using the latest 3D print technology. It’s discreet and extremely light. The key is that it’s a paraboloid. The brain uses the best image from your eyes: the SP works by telling your brain to use the image seen by the eye on the gun, rather than a conflicting image from the other eye. It gives shooters total confidence that they’re seeing the true image of the target. The development of the SP has led to patents being filed across multiple industries in the UK, Europe and America.

The result – an eye for detail

So how does the SP work? Most people see two gun barrels in the peripheral vision when shooting a gun. This second image is from the eye off the gun – the image below shows equal dominance from both eyes – central or equal dominance (example is for a right shoulder shooter)

To allow the brain to subconsciously identify the correct barrel as if perfectly one  sided dominant then the shooter must place the SP on the side that they shoulder the gun, this then allows the brain to settle on the correct barrels and the shooter to get on with the shot. As the “off” eye can’t see the SP there is never any confusion. (images are not true to form as the side of the barrels are typically seen by the off eye)

Without the SP the correct barrel is unclear and the brain uses a combination of both barrel images for information

No SP Eye dominance

With the SP the correct barrel is clear and the brain will instantly create the correct lead picture from the right eye image

Eye Dominance
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