Throughout my life I have had suffered the endless one liners of being a lefty like the most famous, “your standing on the wrong side of the ball!”
Yes, about 30% of Canadians play golf left handed. This percentage is based on golf club sales data from a number of equipment manufacturers. Why so high a percentage? It has always been said that it is because the majority of Canadians start playing hockey (as I did) before we even started talking (as this it is our national religion). Then we get introduced to the game of golf and that influences whether they feel more comfortable playing golf left or right.
Now take into account the fact that the majority of left handed golfers are right hand dominant…this does make us a screwed up bunch don’t you think???
Well I think this personally gives us a greater advantage to playing the game of golf then most people think. As a dominant right handed person playing the game left handed I have two HUGE advantages over the self-proclaimed “Right Handed GODS”
Now here is where us left handed golfers have some fun on the Righties!!!
Every day I hear from right handed golfers saying “It’s all in your left arm. I need to stop using my right hand. My right hand is ruining my golf swing!” Everything these right-handed Golfers have told us is that the power comes from their left side. The sad part is that a right handed golfer saying they’re using too much right hand is a statement that is way off-base and just underlines and boldfaces why Right Handed Golfers continue to struggle.
If you’re right handed and everything you do in your everyday life is done with your right side of your body like using your fork to eat, throwing a ball, opening a door and all the little things you do with your right hand that you don’t even realize you’re doing. What makes you think your left side has the coordination to provide power in your golf swing?
Do a test to see if your left side should provide the power. Pick-up a piece of paper, crumble it up into a ball and throw it with your left hand across the room towards a waste paper basket. Then crumble up another piece and throw it with your right hand. Which hand provided more accuracy and power?
Did your left hand feel coordinated and powerful? How much less coordinated and powerless did it feel versus your right hand? Well that means that your left side is having trouble providing power. And the scary part is that you’re trying to use that same weak left side for power when you swing a golf club? And think how less coordinated it would be swinging a metal golf club at 80+ miles per hour than throwing a piece of crumbled up paper that weighs a couple of grams!
It’s no wonder why you’re having trouble slicing and topping the golf ball, you’re trying to use your weaker, more uncoordinated hand to move your golf club which doesn’t have the strength or coordination to control your club head not just on your backswing, but even less so moving into impact!
Right handed golfers are being brainwashed to think they’re using too much of their right side. So what happens is they stop trying to use their right side and depend on their left side. Big Mistake! This is where a lot of the right handed swing compensations start. They start with the fact that you they are trying to use a weak, uncoordinated part of their body and not use the strong, coordinated side. So of course they are going to cast the club, outside to in swing, over the top, sway back and not move forward when they swing. They are trying to swing using the weak-side of their body and their brain knows they can’t do it. So it finds ways to compensate for their weak-side.
Now back to us supposed “Screwed Up” right hand dominant left handed golfers.
We have already established our right hand is the strong side and lead side of the golf swing = Advantage 1 – For any of us that played hockey we know that the dominant hand on the hockey stick is not generally the top hand but in fact it is the lower hand. It is the bottom hand that controls if the puck is moving right/left, high/low and fast/slow = Advantage 2
So with learning an athletic motion with two dominant hands since we were wee tikes, I can’t help but be amused when I get heckled about my swing orientation.
So to us more advantaged right hand dominant left handed be proud and give a little sarcastic grin the next time someone says that you are standing on the wrong side of the golf ball!