The comment we received on this subject from Ray was so complete I am just going to re-post it here…
“I am an archery coach and when first entering the sport and taking an interest in how archers performed, it was generally accepted that approximately ten percent of the population were left handed. However I would suggest that the ratio is closer to thirty percent if not higher, it’s just that we notice handedness more than we do another possibly more significant indicator of natural handedness.
For generations, instructors of all sports and other activities have simply asked the pupil what their handedness is and taught them accordingly. Over the last three decades however most of the leading coaches of archery have taught their pupils on â€˜eye dominance’ and not on what the pupil believes to be their handedness, simply because they have been taught other skills right handed and have come to accept that as their natural handedness. In other words they are now â€˜Cross laterals’, they perform certain actions as right handed although their brain wants them to do some things left handed.
Evidence that training on eye dominance is more efficient than on adopted handedness in archery, manifests itself most significantly when a cross lateral taught to perform archery right handily with a patch over their left eye is starting to approach their maximum potential. For it is at this point, when the technique is becoming an autonomous action controlled by the subconscious mind, that things start to fall apart. The body virtually refusing to perform the movements required with any consistency or fluidity. However, by switching the pupil to the opposite hand and allowing the dominant side of the brain and eye to take command, everything drops nicely into place, the archer resumes and often exceeds their previous performance levels and continues more effectively than before.
The reason I suspect there to be more naturally left handed people than previously suspected, is that over the last decade or so of checking eye dominance and teaching accordingly, there have been three to six out of ever twelve pupils per class that have benefitted from being taught left handed. As a result I now wonder if many other problems, such as dyslexia and similar conditions, may be related to natural eye dominance over trained handedness, causing the brain to become confused?”