Handedness in Hockey
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02-15-2008, 01:12 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
The idea of a right handed player being left handed shot is based on the power hand being at the top of the stick. Most of the stickhandling work is actually done with the top hand. The lower hand helps but is often there for the ride. having the dominent hand on top allows for better stickhandling. A rule of thumb I have heard is that whichever hand you typically have on top to rake leaves, mop or sweep the floow is the hand you should have on top for hockey.
As far as the kids learning which hand to have on top - I strongly encourage all young players to start with a straight blade. The parents and coach shouldn't steer the child in either direction. Let the child determine what feels best for them and then mve on. After a few years of experience go ahead and get them a cruved stick.
Both of my daughters are right handed and both shoot left. They both had at least three years of learn to play/playing experience before I boght them their first curved sticks.
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