Do Left Handers Really Play Golf Better
Left handed people comprise only 10 to 15 percent of the world’s population. There is even far lower percentage of left-handed golfers than that. There are many reasons to consider why some think that left handers can play golf in Branson better. Many left-handed golfers seem to play golf right-handed, which for many of them seem more natural as they use their left side, left eye and turning anti-clockwise. Some leftie golfers find it difficult to get hold of right-handed golf clubs so lefties just do with what is available.
Most of the instruction manuals on golf are prepared for right-handed golfers and many golf enthusiasts find it the “correct” way to play. The way you play golf in Branson has more to do with your eyes than your hands and a lot of famous left-handed golfers are actually right-handed in everything else they do. Examples on this are Mike Weir who won the US Masters in 2003 and Phil Mickelson who’s got three Masters wins.
Scientists believe that left-handed players have a distinct sporting advantage and as a leftie who plays golf right handed, many would agree. Apparently golfers find it a perfect combination for hand and eye coordination. The brain is divided into two hemispheres which perform a variety of tasks, and it is believed that in left-handed players these functions are more evenly distributed between the two sides making the brain more symmetrical.
One example in a left-handed tennis player, the controls of movement and space management are performed on the right side of the brain. So the process of seeing the ball coming and hitting it are dealt with by the same half of the brain. In a right-handed player, the visual information has to be transferred to the opposite side or the left side of the brain to direct a player’s movement, adding an extra 20 or 30 milliseconds to the reaction time. It’s hard to believe, but it can be seen in world class sport where a significant number of world’s best tennis players are left-handers.
Sadly in golf, left-handed golfers have distinct disadvantage in the variety of equipment available to them. Many of the leftie golfers are always frustrated in finding some drivers, irons and wedges – and particularly putters that are available solely for right-handers.
Most left-handed golfers don’t have the greatest history on the PGA Tour, but it has a lot more to do with their number than the skills of these professional golfers. It wasn’t until Houston Open in 1963 that a left-handed golfer won a tournament on the PGA Tour.
Since that time, five left-handed golfers have posted two or more victories in PGA Tour competition, and four have won major championships. Out of many left-handed golfers that are currently active, Phil Mickelson is by far the most decorated golfer with over 40 wins under his belt, including four major championships.
When left-handers play golf in Branson, they know that they can play better as they have distinct sporting advantage and they can also play golf right-handed.