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10-22-2013, 09:56 PM
Bure All Day
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Originally Posted by rh71 View Post
One of my 5 year old sons writes and throws with his right arm but shoots and bats lefty. I am still not sure this is really the way I want him to develop (he's only starting hockey and has a weak shot regardless).

Why does it work for opposite-handed people in hockey if their stronger arm/hand is at the top, rather than the bottom (mid-shaft) where they can flex the stick harder?

One of the biggest examples of this is Ovechkin who writes and throws lefty, yet he has a hard wrister as a righty (I know flex and blade curve help). And I bet majority of left-shooting players in the NHL are right-hand dominant. You'd think, just because it feels more natural doesn't mean it is their optimal shot. Maybe it is good for stick handling since that is top-hand driven?
huge advantage being a lefty in baseball, most pitchers throw right handed, so he's better off right there, plus he's like 2 feet closer to first base, which in the long run will help his avg.

in hockey it doesn't really matter as much, a lot of people i know shoot left despite being right hand dominant for most other things, don't see it affecting anything really

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