Goalies - Catching hand discussion.

Frank Drebin
01-30-2005, 08:08 PM
OK. This is a question that has been bothering me for a long time that I really don't know a black or white answer to.

I'm right-handed, I throw and shoot right. Therefore, when I was learning to play goal, a left handed catcher was what was given to me.

I'm thinking that I would have been better off learning to play with a full right set. Puck handling would not have been a problem (It is a major one for me still, I just can't get used to shooting left), my glove hand I would assume would be quicker as well.

The only disadvantage is giving a kid a "big, heavy stick" to carry with his non-dominant hand. However, due to the way a goalie stands in the net, high blocker shots are a rarity because the blocker arm "elbow" is in the way. This would also get better with time.

Any comments on this?

IkeaMonkey*
01-31-2005, 10:59 AM
OK. This is a question that has been bothering me for a long time that I really don't know a black or white answer to.

I'm right-handed, I throw and shoot right. Therefore, when I was learning to play goal, a left handed catcher was what was given to me.

I'm thinking that I would have been better off learning to play with a full right set. Puck handling would not have been a problem (It is a major one for me still, I just can't get used to shooting left), my glove hand I would assume would be quicker as well.

The only disadvantage is giving a kid a "big, heavy stick" to carry with his non-dominant hand. However, due to the way a goalie stands in the net, high blocker shots are a rarity because the blocker arm "elbow" is in the way. This would also get better with time.

Any comments on this?

I was the exact same way. Do everything right(hell, when I was younger and I played baseball at camp I'd use a right glove, take it off then throw with my right...yea, that bad...but ive sense switched to left for baseball as well), but catch when I play goalie left.

I tried going full right with my gear and couldnt get used to it. I acctually found puck movement was harder with the blocker in my left hand because I couldnt get used to the motions of moving the stick with my left hand.Not to mention it felt weird positioning wise when it came to reading someone coming up the boards.

I also tried the "Travis Scott" way of goaltending. Playing regular, but buying a righty stick and turning it over when clearing. It took too much time and effort to do this, so I just gave up.

Anthony*
01-31-2005, 01:40 PM
practice practice practice

its much easier learning to shoot left handed than learning to play with full right gear imo

Verbal Kint*
01-31-2005, 02:10 PM
Anyone here ever try and play like Dan Blackburn?

SergeiKost99
01-31-2005, 04:26 PM
If u have a left handed baseball glove... go out and practising catching with it. It will become normal for you and you wil realize it is the right thing to do. Im right handed and i played baseball so i needed my right hand for throwing because i CAN"T throw with my left so i put the glove on the left hand and got used to it since i could not do anything about it.

Just go out and practise a lot with ur left and soon enough it will be natural for u

Frank Drebin
01-31-2005, 04:37 PM
If u have a left handed baseball glove... go out and practising catching with it. It will become normal for you and you wil realize it is the right thing to do. Im right handed and i played baseball so i needed my right hand for throwing because i CAN"T throw with my left so i put the glove on the left hand and got used to it since i could not do anything about it.

Just go out and practise a lot with ur left and soon enough it will be natural for u


That's kinda what I'm talking about. In baseball, you have to catch with your non dominant hand, because you can't throw with the other.

Not the case with goaltending....I'm saying maybe it would be better if goalies were to wear their catcher on their dominant hand, or at the least wear the gloves so they can actually shoot the puck the right way with the catcher on the bottom.

Something to think about when teaching a young goalie....I think if I could go back 10 or so years, it would definitely be worth a try.... :dunno:

Frank Drebin
01-31-2005, 04:39 PM
practice practice practice

its much easier learning to shoot left handed than learning to play with full right gear imo


Yeah definitely that's the case for me now. Just saying that I don't know if this is taken into consideration much when a young goalie is starting to play for the first time...I think most teams just have full left equipment, and unless the kid is a southpaw in baseball, nothing is thought of it.

Stephen
01-31-2005, 04:58 PM
It's kind of weird that you are right handed but you shoot right. Most right handed people I know shoot left, meaning the blade is to the left. This all makes sense when you think about a goalie holding his stick in their dominant hand and catch with the other, just like in baseball.

membleypeg
01-31-2005, 05:33 PM
My son was in exactly the same predicament as you were in about 3 years ago. He catches in baseball with a left hand mitt and shoots right handed in hockey however, he felt more comfortable catching a puck as a full right goalie. I tried to force him to catch with a left handed trapper, as I thought it was nuts to catch with one hand in ball and the other in hockey.

My son continued to tell me that he felt more comfortable as a full right goalie, so I sought the advice of a local former pro goalie. He advised me to test his catching hand with a sneaky method. I was told to have a bunch of ping pong balls around, and to fire one at either hand when he wasn't ready for it. I was to observe his ability to catch the balls with both hands. He advised me to go with whatever hand showed a better ability to catch the ping pong balls (the reflexes needed for a good glove hand makes or breaks a goalie and is one thing you can't teach).

To my surprise, my son showed equal ability at catching the ping pong balls. He switched to a full right goalie, and has not looked back. He loves the goalie position, and has developed a pretty good catching hand, even at the tender age of 10. As an added bonus, he can handle the puck and poke check much better with having his left hand on top of the paddle.

I don't know if the ping pong ball test is a fair indicator for all goalies who are unsure of which hand to catch with however, it proved to me that my son was correct in his feel for the net. I was a parent who knew very little about the goalie position before my son started playing. I just wanted to be sure that I wasn't buying a trapper and blocker, and then exchanging them a few months down the road.

IkeaMonkey*
01-31-2005, 07:14 PM
I was told to have a bunch of ping pong balls around, and to fire one at either hand when he wasn't ready for it.

I thought this was hilarious when I saw it. I pictured a kid with his back turned and you yelling "THINK FAST BILLY!" and hitting him in the head with a ping pong ball. Oh man, my comment adds nothing, but to picture that is clutch.

canadahockeygirl*
01-31-2005, 07:27 PM
Growing up when I used to skate out, I had a left-handed shot and I play softball and was accustomed to going after things with the glove on my left hand. So it seemed only natural that I have my blocker on my right hand and my glove on my left. However, my first two years of playing net in HS, I only had an opposite set available to me. I was absolutely HORRIBLE at playing that way. Without thinking, I'd drop my stick to try and catch the puck in my blocker (think how you'd catch a frisbee) and I couldn't move my right hand fast enough to catch a puck. For some reason, the reflexes only worked on the left side. But I could stickhandle very well from that side since the blocker hand would slide down the stick easily and the glove could go over the end of the stick.

I figured my own personal comfort and safety (ie. no more broken bones in my left hand from going after the puck) was more important than being able to stickhandle, so when I had a set of pads made for me, I switched everything around. Now I suck at stickhandling (doesn't matter how much I practice) aside from the poke and taking out people with the stick since I can't get my left hand in a comfortable position, but I'm faster at everything else so I think it evens it out.

I wish I had the ping pong ball test when I was going through all of this... Those are a lot softer than pucks :) Just go with whatever's more comfortable for you and know that something may have to compensate somewhere.

Robert Paulson*
01-31-2005, 09:19 PM
That's kinda what I'm talking about. In baseball, you have to catch with your non dominant hand, because you can't throw with the other.

Not the case with goaltending....I'm saying maybe it would be better if goalies were to wear their catcher on their dominant hand, or at the least wear the gloves so they can actually shoot the puck the right way with the catcher on the bottom.

Something to think about when teaching a young goalie....I think if I could go back 10 or so years, it would definitely be worth a try.... :dunno:That's an interesting proposal. However, you are talking from a perspective of "skater who shoots right who is transferring to goal" though. I think its more natural to a person that they catch with the non-dominant hand. It would definitely be worth it to test a person when they are young, I'd be interested myself in seeing the results. Its probably a factor of where the person's mind is on where they will catch, I don't think you can change that.

P.S. I dont know if that post made any sense. Its kinda a collection of broken thoughts...

bruins4777*
01-31-2005, 09:20 PM
Very interesting, see i'm right handed EVERYTHING, but i use left handed glove.

I'm so not getting this "non-dominant hand holding stick". I've honestly never understood that. With baseball it makes some sense, but in hockey, if you catch right you puckhandle right. Also I would think that your right hand is faster if its your dominant right?

I switched to lefty because i was forced to, when i first started hockey i used right for a couple months and my puckhandling was really good, but i lost my right handed set so i converted to left, i went through some really bad stages adjusting to to left, but a bit over a year later i'm perfectly comfortable with left handed catcher and puckhandler.

bruins4777*
01-31-2005, 09:22 PM
Wow cujo using entire rebok...he normally mixes and matches, they pulled in a lot of big name players

Robert Paulson*
01-31-2005, 09:28 PM
Another thought..

I've always thought it easier for goaltenders to use their dominant hand for holding their stick. It makes for easier stickhandling (IMO) and easier pokechecking and stick movement (more strength with dominant hand).

One thing to say though. People have always said that goalies are finicky and the position is unique. Definitely holds true...

Accord
01-31-2005, 10:22 PM
OK. This is a question that has been bothering me for a long time that I really don't know a black or white answer to.

I'm right-handed, I throw and shoot right. Therefore, when I was learning to play goal, a left handed catcher was what was given to me.

I'm thinking that I would have been better off learning to play with a full right set. Puck handling would not have been a problem (It is a major one for me still, I just can't get used to shooting left), my glove hand I would assume would be quicker as well.

The only disadvantage is giving a kid a "big, heavy stick" to carry with his non-dominant hand. However, due to the way a goalie stands in the net, high blocker shots are a rarity because the blocker arm "elbow" is in the way. This would also get better with time.

Any comments on this?

If you're right handed, then you wear your glove on your left hand and hold your stick with your right hand, it's just that simple. I'm a righty and if someone throws a baseball to me, it's impossible for me to catch it with my right hand but i've got no problem catching with my left hand.

Anthony*
01-31-2005, 10:25 PM
he already knows that

learn reading

Frank Drebin
02-01-2005, 05:48 AM
If you're right handed, then you wear your glove on your left hand and hold your stick with your right hand, it's just that simple. I'm a righty and if someone throws a baseball to me, it's impossible for me to catch it with my right hand but i've got no problem catching with my left hand.


So you're saying it wouldn't be worth it for a young goalie to try both ways? You wear your gloves like this because "just the way it is"?


And of course it's natural for you to catch with your left hand....because you've been doing it for years!!

oliviergrenier44
02-01-2005, 09:31 AM
oh my god LQGR song

IkeaMonkey*
02-01-2005, 10:12 AM
If you're right handed, then you wear your glove on your left hand and hold your stick with your right hand, it's just that simple.

:lol :lol:

Funniest thing in a while. I mean, it's got nothing to do with the way a goalie naturally feels comfortable in his gear...naw, if he's right handed HE HAS TO WEAR THE GLOVE ON HIS LEFT...because, well IT'S THAT SIMPLE. Gold, Johnny, Gold.

:lol

Accord
02-01-2005, 07:16 PM
So you're saying it wouldn't be worth it for a young goalie to try both ways? You wear your gloves like this because "just the way it is"?


And of course it's natural for you to catch with your left hand....because you've been doing it for years!!
That's not true, it's natural for someone that is right handed to catch with their left hand because they need to use their dominant right arm to throw the ball or accurately be able to move their stick around with ease! People don't just choose which hand they want to catch with, they do so because they need to use their dominant hand for other things which would be a lot harder to do if they did so using their weak side.

A young goalie should already know whether he is right handed, left handed, or ambidextrous and based on that he can make an educated decision.

Accord
02-01-2005, 07:20 PM
:lol :lol:

Funniest thing in a while. I mean, it's got nothing to do with the way a goalie naturally feels comfortable in his gear...naw, if he's right handed HE HAS TO WEAR THE GLOVE ON HIS LEFT...because, well IT'S THAT SIMPLE. Gold, Johnny, Gold.

:lol

Yeah, it is just that simple, and you want to know why? Just go outside and try and throw a baseball or something with your non-dominant hand and let me know the results.

There is a reason every right handed baseball player wears their glove on their left hand and there is a reason why every right handed goalie wears their glove on their left hand, it's because you need to use your dominant hand to throw a baseball and to easily maneuver your stick. Sure, it's pretty awkward having to shoot a puck left handed when you're a righty, but it's something that can easily be overcome unlike having a different catching hand.

You're sitting here laughing at me because you don't understand this simple fact? Pshh. If someone can wear their glove on their right hand with ease, then they're ambidextrous.

Frank Drebin
02-01-2005, 07:33 PM
It matters a great deal. Taping your stick toe to heel completely defeats the purpose of having tape on your stick in the first place and will cause your shot to be far less accurate than if you tape it heel to toe.


I'll take your comments with a grain of salt, Accord.......

Accord
02-01-2005, 07:34 PM
I'll take your comments with a grain of salt, Accord.......

:shakehead

IkeaMonkey*
02-01-2005, 07:39 PM
Yeah, it is just that simple, and you want to know why? Just go outside and try and throw a baseball or with your non-dominant hand and let me know the results.

There is a reason every right handed baseball player wears their glove on their left hand and there is a reason why every right handed goalie wears their glove on their left hand, it's because you need to use your dominant hand to throw a baseball and to easily maneuver your stick.

You're sitting here laughing at me because you don't understand this simple fact? Pshh. If someone can wear their glove on their right hand with ease, then they're ambidextrous.

Hey paco, how do you think these people learned to play their respective sports?? Trial and error. When you are a kid, you learn which side of your body is dominant. You do this through trial and error. When you pick up a stick, you find out what is comfortable. When you put a glove on as a goalie, you find out what is comfortable. You dont know as a 5 year old, "OH **** IM RIGHT HANDED, SO I GOTTA WEAR MY GLOVE ON THE LEFT...ITS THAT SIMPLE!". You play what is comfortable.

I'm righthanded and I shoot righthanded in hockey. I am defying your superb logic sytem. Your dominant hand is always supposed to be on top, but mine is on the shaft! People don't always act by "norms", its not that simple, cheif.

Where do you get all this awful hockey logic?? First you tell us taping sticks toe-to-heel decreases velocity and accuracy and now you are telling us which piece of equipment you HAVE TO use if you are a specific handedness. I'm gonna give whoever tells you these things a shake.

IkeaMonkey*
02-01-2005, 07:40 PM
I'll take your comments with a grain of salt, Accord.......

I don't even take him seriously after this, I just try and correct him so he doesnt screw up other people. lol

bruins4777*
02-01-2005, 09:36 PM
wow arguments just turned to complete piss match.

Anthony*
02-01-2005, 09:59 PM
im right handed too and i shoot better right handed than left handed

its just that simple

waffledave
02-02-2005, 12:12 AM
I am right handed and shoot right. I have the same problem playing goalie so instead I just stopped playing goalie.

Accord
02-02-2005, 12:15 AM
Hey paco, how do you think these people learned to play their respective sports?? Trial and error. When you are a kid, you learn which side of your body is dominant. You do this through trial and error. When you pick up a stick, you find out what is comfortable. When you put a glove on as a goalie, you find out what is comfortable. You dont know as a 5 year old, "OH **** IM RIGHT HANDED, SO I GOTTA WEAR MY GLOVE ON THE LEFT...ITS THAT SIMPLE!". You play what is comfortable.

I'm righthanded and I shoot righthanded in hockey. I am defying your superb logic sytem. Your dominant hand is always supposed to be on top, but mine is on the shaft! People don't always act by "norms", its not that simple, cheif.

Where do you get all this awful hockey logic?? First you tell us taping sticks toe-to-heel decreases velocity and accuracy and now you are telling us which piece of equipment you HAVE TO use if you are a specific handedness. I'm gonna give whoever tells you these things a shake.

Paco? :lol

Anyways, I never said anyone MUST wear a certain piece of equipment and it's ignorant for you to assume otherwise. I'm not going to argue semantics and don't put words in my mouth.

What are you talking about your dominant hand is always supposed to be on top of the shaft? That is entirely false. LMAO, and you're criticizing me for awful hockey logic? :lol Take a look in the mirror. Holding a hockey stick is no different than holding a golf club or baseball bat, your hands are simply farther apart. If you're holding a hockey stick completely opposite of the way you hold a bat or golf club, then you got problems. If you're a righty, generally your hand is in the middle of the club/bat/stick, not on the end or on top.

All you've done in this thread was put words in my mouth and assume things that I never even said. Nobody HAS TO wear any sort of equipment, i'm merely just stating what 99% of all goalies wear. If you put your skates on backwards, who cares, as long as it works for you.

You have absolutely no right to criticize me after that 100% USDA choice grade-A load of crap you just posted about your dominant hand always being on top. That takes the cake.

IkeaMonkey*
02-02-2005, 12:33 AM
You have absolutely no right to criticize me after that 100% USDA choice grade-A load of crap you just posted about your dominant hand always being on top. That takes the cake.

Oh god, someone with an ounce of hockey knowledge please vouch for me here...

Anthony*
02-02-2005, 12:48 AM
dynamo is right

GENERALLY the dominant hand is on top

there are exceptions for some people though

David A. Rainer
02-02-2005, 12:50 AM
I don't know. When I play hockey, I use a right handed stick. I throw with my right hand and write with my left. I guess I just used a right handed stick because it felt more comfortable to me, but I have used a left handed stick many times with no problems. My dominant hand is on the shaft (did I just say what I think I did? Lol!). When I play goalie, it is ALWAYS a stick in my right hand. But I think that is more because I grew up learning to catch with my left hand since I throw with my right. I think it is probably this way for the vast majority of people - just figured out what stick to use because they are already accustomed to catching with a particular hand. I can't say which way is the "correct" way, I can only speak of what I personally do.

With that said, if people don't stop calling each other "Paco" and don't drop the bickering, I'm just going to close the thread instead of taking the time to edit particular posts.

me2
02-02-2005, 01:22 AM
Right handed person and right handed shot is norm in most sports. Tennis, golf, field hockey, cricket etc.

EDIT: two handed backhand in tennis is a bit of an anomoly.

Hockey is just whacked.
:yo:

http://www.battersbox.ca/archives/00002315.shtml


Pinch Hit : Canada's Left-Handed Hitting
Reader Brian W has some excellent thoughts and research on Canada's preponderance of lefthanded hitting talent.
During the Canada-Cuba baseball game the question "Anyone know if on the whole, percentage-wise, we've got significantly more left-handed batters than the US?" was asked by G.T. with the hypothesis that due to our hockey background Canadians are more likely to be left handed hitters.

I've wondered the same thing, so I took a quick look into this. Using the invaluable Lahman's database and all players (pitchers and hitters) who have debuted since 1900 I get:


B T Canadians Non-Canadians
S R 6 (4%) 747 (6%)
S L 2 (1%) 151 (1%)
R R 61 (41%) 8474 (63%)
R L 11 (7%) 436 (3%)
L R 44 (30%) 1567 (12%)
L L 25 (17%) 2109 (16%)

Total 149 13492


Percentage throwing right: 75% 81%
Percentage hitting right: 48% 66%
Percentage throwing left: 25% 20%
Percentage hitting left: 47% 28%

So, from these numbers we see that Canadians are about in line with the world with two exceptions: Canadians are less likely to hit and throw right-handed and are more likely to hit left-handed while throwing right-handed. If we assume that the majority of people throw with their dominant hand, we see that right-handed Canadians are quite often hitting left-handed.

The numbers skew even more dramatically if we remove pitchers from the equation (though the sample size decreases as well). I was unable to seperate pitchers from the non-Canadians dataset, so if anybody wants to provide this information it would be greatly appreciated. Instead I've compiled the breakdown for position players on MLB 40-man rosters as of today (bonus points for naming the two S/L players)


B T Cdn Hitters 1900-2004 Current Hitters
S R 3 (5%) 96 (16%)
S L 0 2 (0%)
R R 18 (28%) 328 (54%)
R L 0 4 (1%)
L R 30 (47%) 94 (15%)
L L 13 (20%) 83 (14%)
Total 64 607

In compiling the data I also noticed a large divide in the distribution of the data. Before 1920, there are far more R/R players than after.


B T Pre-1920 Post-1920
S R 1 (6%) 2 (4%)
R R 10 (56%) 8 (17%)
L R 2 (11%) 28 (61%)
L L 5 (28%) 8 (17%)
Total 18 46

It certainly says something when Jason Bay only needed one season to become the most successful Canadian right-handed hitter to debut in the last 90 years. The last right-handed hitting Canadian to appear in more than 100 games was Tom Daly who debuted in 1913 and played 244 career games. Our best switch-hitter ever is: Dave McKay.

From these numbers it is clear that a disproportional amount of Canadian baseball players are opting to bat left-handed. I have made no effort to determine the cause of this and the sample size involved is small enough that random chance cannot be ruled out. At any rate, if there ever is a baseball World Cup, I suspect Canada would face a lot of left-handed pitching.

Thanks Brian! This is terrific work. If you have a Pinch Hit that you'd like to submit, whether article, review, essay or rant, send it over to craig@battersbox.ca and we'll work with you to get it published on Batter's Box.

IkeaMonkey*
02-02-2005, 01:25 AM
dynamo is right

GENERALLY the dominant hand is on top

there are exceptions for some people though

Exactly. Which is why I said...

"Your dominant hand is always supposed to be on top, but mine is on the shaft! People don't always act by "norms", its not that simple, cheif."

Most players are taught dominant hand on top. However, I never said, "Right hand dominant = Right hand top, IT'S THAT SIMPLE". People play hockey the way they feel comfortable, they dont play by "IT'S THAT SIMPLE" norms.

IkeaMonkey*
02-02-2005, 01:30 AM
Right handed person and right handed shot is norm in most sports. Tennis, golf, field hockey, cricket etc.

Hockey is just whacked.
:yo:

http://www.battersbox.ca/archives/00002315.shtml


The comments on this page just further my point...

I played gold with my right handed friend, who bats right, throws right, and shoots a puck lefty. He currently can hit from either side of the plate, and can hit a golf ball over 200 yards from either side. He does hit the ball a lot from the right side tho.

Hockey may indeed have something to do with it. Alot of hockey players prefer to have their strong hand on the top of the stick, meaning that many of right-handed people end up shooting "left-handed" and vice versa. Once you're comfortable playing that way it might very easily carry over to other sports like golf, lacrosse and baseball.

I believe this theory also applies to Canadian golfers - subjectively speaking I went golfing in a foursome last week: 3 of us hit left, none of us were left-handed, all of us shot left in hockey.

me2
02-02-2005, 04:07 AM
With regards right handers catching left handed I'd bet that is almost entirely the effect of baseball and gloves. Practice and repetition with gloves on the off hand would hone that hand. In catching sports without gloves the players tend to be better catchers with their natural hand (ie right handed is better with their right hand).

It wouldn't surprise me if the RH-LH combo in hockey was learned as much as natural. If you are a RHed 5 year old and show up for your first day of hockey you'd probably get handed a LH stick. One handed a stick in the dominant hand is easier. After that its training.

I'd love to conduct an experiment where they took 100 LH and 100 RH hockey sticks to a place that had never heard of hockey and got the 100 people to play with which ever side was more comfortable. I'd be inclined to think it might the RH-RH and LH-LH combos that win out (as they have with golf, baseball and cricket). Just a gut feeling.

Does anyone know the ratio of European RH-RH to RH-LH?

PS DynamoAO I'm RH-RH too. I started other sports before hockey and just felt way to uncoordinated and unnatural go RH-LH, just couldn't do it. RH-LH feels almost as bad as throwing lefthanded.

I'd bet its easier to go from RH-LH to RH-RH than the other way around. I think it'd make you more versatile, training the offhand side up.

Lard_Lad
02-02-2005, 05:16 AM
Paco? :lol
What are you talking about your dominant hand is always supposed to be on top of the shaft? That is entirely false. LMAO, and you're criticizing me for awful hockey logic? :lol Take a look in the mirror. Holding a hockey stick is no different than holding a golf club or baseball bat, your hands are simply farther apart.

Bull. They involve three entirely different motions. I'm righthanded; my right hand is higher on a baseball bat or hockey stick but lower on a golf club. That's what feels natural for me. I've seen all sorts of combinations, so there really isn't a 'right' way to do it. But most of the righthanded people I know shoot left.

The flip side of the stuff me2 posted about left-hitting Canadian baseball players is right-shooting American hockey players - there's a bit of a stereotype that more Americans shoot right because, particularly in areas where hockey isn't a traditional sport, parents who aren't familiar with it buy sticks marked right for their right-handed kids, and the kids adapt to shooting the 'wrong' way.

The G Man
02-02-2005, 06:16 AM
Play nice.

Or the beatings will commence.

Malefic74
02-02-2005, 09:54 AM
If you're having this much trouble deciding which hand you should catch with and which hand you should hold your stick with you should try waht this guy did. Seemed to work for him. ;)

http://www.hockeysandwich.com/billdurnan.html

islandnucker
02-02-2005, 10:40 AM
Now I'm not a goalie expert but I seem to have it nice compared to you guys. I've always caught with my left (consequently thrown with my right) but play hockey left handed (among many other things). So when it comes to stick handling I just slide my blocker hand up, put the glove on the stick, and fire away