WHY IS CROSS DOMINANCE A PROBLEM?
Shooters with ocular cross dominance or cross firing have diminished shooting performance because they see the side of the shotgun's barrel instead of the rib, so they cannot align the shotgun with the target correctly.
Testing for cross dominanceThis is a very simple test you can do in just seconds to discover which of your eyes is dominant.
- Hold your arms out straight and raised to eye level. Keep your palms out and your fingers together with only your thumbs extending out.
- Tilt your palms inward placing them one over the other to form a small triangular opening.
- Looking through the triangle, focus on a distant fixed point and pull your arms back toward your face.
THE CONCEPTThe following experiment will help you understand the concept behind XD Solution:
- Mount the gun on your handedness side and raise your leading hand thumb.
- You will notice that the gun will line up with your non dominant eye on the side of your handedness and the double barrel image will disappear.
- Having the thumb raised, aim the gun at an object in the distance.
- Close the non dominant eye, on the side of your handedness side.
- You will see the object with the dominant eye but not the barrel.
By using your thumb you have blocked the dominant eye from seeing the barrel but at the same time you can see the object! As a result you can see the target with both of your eyes, keeping your binocular vision during the entire shooting action. XD Solution works on this principle. Instead of raising your thumb, XD Solution will do the job. To keep the thumb up is tiring and produces inconsistent results. XD Solution device is always placed in the same spot, doing the job of the thumb in the previous scenario.
WHAT IS THE XD SOLUTION?XD Solution is a discrete device created to solve the problem of ocular cross dominance and cross firing in clay target shooting. It was designed and perfected by coach Bill Erdoss, trainer of clay shooting athletes for over 35 years.
Cross firing or eye shifting is the phenomenon which happens when the non dominant eye takes control of the aiming process while shooting at a moving target. This can be caused by tired eyes, poor eyesight, weak or neutral eye dominance. The symptoms of cross firing can be found in many "aiming" errors and cases of flinching.
For cross dominance, you would install XD Solution on the shotgun's trigger guard on the side of the dominant eye, with the purpose of:
- limiting the dominant eye from seeing the gun's barrel
- allowing for the BINOCULAR perception of the target during the entire shooting action
- preventing the dominant eye from taking over in the establishment of the gun-target relationship
- allowing the shooter to shoot from the side of the dominant hand using the non dominant eye
For cross firing, you would install the XD Solution on the side of the non dominant eye (the one that's opposite to your dominant hand) to prevent it from taking over the aiming process.
The device has two main components: a dark colored metallic body and a semitransparent blade. The metallic part, as you can see in the photo on the left, supports the blade and attaches to the trigger guard of the shotgun. The blade is the one that performs the main functions of the device.
As you can see in the above photo, the blade of XD Solution is placed almost between the shooter's eyes with the purpose of blocking out the barrel and the bead from the view of the cross dominant eye. You can see both of the shooter's eyes because the device doesn't act like a blinder. As a result, the shooter has a full view of the clay target with both eyes open.
WHY IS IT THE BEST?
It is the best because, compared to other products that try to solve ocular cross dominance, with XD Solution the shooter can use full BINOCULAR VISION during the entire shooting action. This is important because it helps him or her correctly assess the depth, speed, and angle of the moving clay target. It is also the best because it lets shooters mount the gun on the side of the dominant hand, which lets them comfortably and accurately shoot a regular stock shotgun, without needing a crossover stock.
Classic solutions reduce shooters' binocular vision to monocular vision, change visual focus from the target to the shotgun, or require painful drills to line up the shotgun with the cross dominant eye. XD Solution eliminates all of these imperfections.
WHAT ARE OTHER BENEFITS OF XD SOLUTION?XD Solution:
- eliminates the double barrel image
- eliminates the necessity of winking
- eliminates the use of eye patches and tapes
- prevents eye shifting or cross firing
- allows eye relaxation
- eliminates eye fatigue and headaches
- helps in better target focus
WHO CAN USE IT
Everybody using a shoulder-mounted firearm for clay shooting, rifle shooting, or hunting.
HOW WAS THE XD SOLUTION CREATED?
In over 35 years of coaching experience Bill Erdoss encountered a number of students who were troubled by ocular cross dominance. He tried to help them with the classic solutions, such as telling them to close the cross dominant eye, suggesting an eye patch, or switching them to a special stock that let them mount the shotgun on the side of their dominant hand while aligning the rib with their cross dominant eye. However, none of those solutions were ideal.
Finally, he perfected XD Solution based on the “thumb up” solution recommended by coaches.
You might have a similar story about your trials and frustrations while trying to solve cross dominance. To give your story a happy ending, we hope that you give XD Solution a try and let us know how it has improved your shooting.
"I was skeptical at first, but once I tried it I was thoroughly impressed. I am right handed, left eye dominant and I tried the device both on my left and right shoulder to make sure it's not a fluke. We went out with my husband who tried it out himself. We shot all kinds of targets such as crosser, incomers, outgoes and we both came to a conclusion. The XD Solution works!
I can see this device being useful for shooters with cross firing and cross dominance problems. I have students that cannot use a dot on the glasses because they have vertigo or don't like the closed off feeling that wearing the tape does. Others I found that their dominant eye tries to look around the dot.
I like this product and I will recommend it to my students that have cross dominance/firing problems."
"In indoor dry fire, I first tested the device with the shortest, narrowest, of the occluder blades, and I found I could still just slightly glimpse the front of the barrel with my right eye closed. I went to the next wider blade (but still the shortest height) and Bingo! No more muzzle. Now it was time for an actual round or two of live-fire skeet. And the results? Outstanding! Outdoors and against the sky, the blade's presence is nearly imperceptible and my two fully-opened eyes could now gaze without distraction into the distance past the barrel. High house birds at 2 through 6 were picked up fast and clear in the periphery and shots were all taken with full confidence that my right "gun eye" was establishing and holding a proper lead. Sure, I had a couple of misses, but they were solely due to forgetting what my proper leads should be on 3 through 6. I'm new to the game, and still keep messing up on the expanding leads at the middle stations. But here's the deal: Prior to the XD, I was hitting about 14 of 25. Today, with the XD, I shot a 20 and a 21. But more importantly, with the XD and the confident binocular vision it's giving me, I know exactly why I'm hitting, and exactly why I'm missing. I consider that a major breakthrough."
Today, I had very good results using the XDS for the first time. I had to play around with the position of the bracket and the size of the blinder but I shot better scores and had consistently better breaks than I've been getting recently. This could be a game changer for me as it was nice not to have tape on my lens while at the range. Most importantly, I enjoyed the time in between shots where I didn't have look through tape while waiting for my squad mates to shoot. My eyes felt more relaxed and natural during the entire 12-14 minutes of the round."
I feel that anyone that has a problem with cross firing should consider trying the XD Solution."
A little background on our situation. We purchase this to help with my wife's shooting. She is naturally right handed but learned to shoot left handed because she is left eye dominant. Her eye dominance is weak and sometimes her right eye will take over. So she is shooting left handed, with a left eye dominance and we use the device to "block" her right eye. After about 4 rounds of trap she didn't loose a bird because of her right eye trying to take over. It does seem to work as advertised."
GET THE XD YOU NEED
Each XD device can be used for a particular type of shotgun as seen below.
|XD Standard||XD Adaptable|
|Number of Shotgun Types Supported||
* Break Open Single Barrel Standard/Step Up Rib
** Break Open Single Barrel Sub Gauge
This is helpful when storing the shotgun away. By detaching the holder, the XD device base can remain on the trigger guard.
Blades have the same height and different widths.
There are three blade heights. Each set has blades of the same height 4 different widths.
|Shipping & Handling||
$7 US, $20 international
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