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What is Your Vision Center- How to Find Your Best Aiming Position?

Finding your vision center is probably the most important fundamentals in pool. Despite this fact we don’t seem to discuss it much at all.

In a nutshell your vision center is the position between or under your eyes where a perfect straight shot looks straight to your eyes. With both eyes open.

The majority of pool players have two good eyes. One eye will be dominant. The other eye will be carrying out a number of other important tasks.

One of the most important tasks for the non-dominant eye is depth perception.

Vision center line

Looking with one eye it’s easy to get everything in line. However, two eyes working in unison will give you the full picture.

The eyes work in harmony to give all of the measurement information required to aim correctly.

This is nothing to do with the “Dominant Eye Theory.” The dominant eye idea has sent a lot of people on the wrong path.  Just to be clear.

Do not  automatically put your pool cue underneath your dominant eye.

Only do so if your vision center happens to be in that position also!

Your vision center is the head and eye alignment, relative to the cue, that allows you to see a center-ball, straight-in shot as straight, with the tip appearing to be at the center of the CB. For some people, this might be with the cue under their dominant eye (e.g., if they have strong eye dominance and/or vision impairment in the other eye). For others, it might be with the cue under their nose, or somewhere else between (or even outside of) their eyes. To be accurate and consistent with both straight-in and cut shots, you should always position your “vision center” over the desired aiming line for the shot.  Dr Dave.

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