Shooting with the Right side of the Brain

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Another insightful article from our resident writer. Enjoy.

Since Dr Betty Edwards published her book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, influenced by earlier ‘split brain’ research by R W Sperry, her method is widely used as a drawing teaching tool. Put simply drawing by allowing the brain to guide the hand unsupervised and uncorrected by the eye and uninfluenced by left brain artistic interpretation.

Since Dr Betty Edwards published her book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, influenced by earlier ‘split brain’ research by R W Sperry, her method is widely used as a drawing teaching tool . Put simply drawing by allowing the brain to guide the hand unsupervised and uncorrected by the eye and uninfluenced by left brain artistic interpretation.


My ‘wish I’d been a psychologist’ reaction after using it was “I wonder if it would work for anything else” or more precisely Target Sports where aiming and hand/eye co-ordination are a major factor. It was tried on darts, ten pin bowling and cricket. Results were encouraging but skewed by the fact that I was already a reasonable Tenpin bowler and darts player but crap at cricket. It was however enough to convince me that for some people it does work and that maybe they are already doing it without realising it.

You can see where this is going. I now believe that it can be applied to petanque shooting. Everyone can remember releasing what they thought was an under or overplayed boule only to be pleasantly surprised when it struck the target boule on the nose. The brain got it right, put in the correct muscular control and you did not ‘interfere’ by letting the analytical side of the brain feed an adjustment in. It was automatic and I believe, therein may lie the secret. Do not overthink the shot!

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