Right Versus Left Handed Golf
Perhaps you may have wondered if being a left handed golfer puts you at a disadvantage for your golf game?
With Golf pros estimating the number of left handed players on average to be about 1 out of every 30, we believed it’d be wise to research this and learn the truth. After all, being a left handed golfer used to mark you out, and left handed players and golf clubs are abundant now, however most golf courses continue to be designed for right handed play.
Modern consensus appears to lean towards the fact that it doesn’t matter much if you are a left handed golfer or right handed golfer. “I don’t think there’s much difference between playing right-handed or left,” said TJ Balhon (Assistant general manager of the Diamond Bar Golf Course, LA, California).
Even course layout seems to not affect a golfer’s opportunity of being great at the game. That doesn’t mean you can’t be an extremely great left handed golfer. Based on figures, about 12 percent of golfers are left handed, and six of the professionals on the PGA Tour are lefties.
In the old days there was a deficit of left handed golf clubs because golf manufacturing companies didn’t trouble themselves with making them in mass. Yet, more golf clubs are available for lefthanders today than ever before.
Professionals golfers who are left handed and won on the big stage include Phil Mickelson and Bob Charles. For reasons unknown, Canada has more left handed golfers and in the United States. About 30 percent of the players in Canada are left handed, including Mike Weir.
“I see lots of players in tournaments who are left handed,” Balhon said.
Golf isn’t like baseball though, where a left handed hitter would do nicely against a right-handed pitcher. Golfing is an individual sport and it is up to the person to perform under pressure.
“I play right handed, and no, I don’t take a left handed golf club with me to switch hit in case,” said head professional at The Homage, Eric Westerman at the Colony Golf Course near Dallas, Texas. “I’d use a right handed golf club flipped over.”
Therefore, the right handed player would have the capacity to make a left handed shot, without using a left handed golf club. “ it worked for me and I’ve done it a few times,” Westerman said.
In conclusion there is not an advantage to be a right handed golfer versus a left handed golfer as you can be great using either hand. The courses and the clubs will not make a difference in your game. It is up to the golfer to perform under pressure and play the best game they can play.
Therefore if you plan to go golfing and don’t know which way you swing a golf club make sure you practice and try both ways to find out what is more comfortable for you. Once you find which feels the best for you you should make sure to stick with that hand for going.