September 20th, 2012 by Tyler Pringle
Have you ever wondered if being left-handed put you at a disadvantage? Are there reasons why righties may be favored over lefties?
With golf pros estimating that about one out of every 30 players is a lefty, we thought it would be a good idea to look into this and find out the truth. After all, being a left-handed golfer used to mark you out, and though left-handed clubs and players are more plentiful today, the golf industry still favors the right-hander.
Modern consensus seems to lean towards the belief that hand dominance doesn’t matter much in golf. “I don’t think there’s much difference between playing right-handed or left,” said T.J. Balhon, Assistant General Manager at Diamond Bar Golf Course near Los Angeles, California. “I happen to be left-handed, and I tried hitting right-handed, but it didn’t help my game. My feeling is, if you’re left-handed, you should play that way.”
In the old days, there was a shortage of left-handed clubs because golf manufacturers didn’t bother t8ozo produce many. However, as manufacturing equipment and techniques have improved, more clubs are available for left-handers these days. Which speaks to the rise of left-handed players, especially in the professional realm. As Balhon notes, “I see a lot of players in tournaments now who are left-handed.”
Despite the rise in numbers and equipment for left-handed players, “switch-hitting,” such as in baseball, is not a common sight on the course. Despite the possible advantages a golfer might have from being able to switch hands (for example, if your ball is up against a tree stump or on the wrong side for your swing), the majority of golfers wouldn’t consider switching to their weaker hand.
“I play right-handed, and no, I don’t carry a left-handed club with me to switch hit just in case,” said Eric Westerman, Head Pro at The Tribute at the Colony near Dallas, Texas. “I use a right-handed club flipped over. I’ve done it a few times, and it has worked for me.”
So whether you are right-handed or left-handed, you can still be successful at golf. If you’re ambidextrous? Well, we suggest picking the side you’re most comfortable with and sticking with it.