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06-19-2006, 12:41 PM
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Lefty or righty

I play goalie and I play out as a forward.
I am wondering if I should switch to lefty stick.
I play righty as a forward and lefty as a goalie.
Any thoughts?
Anyone make the switch? and for what reason?

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06-19-2006, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Joeysallamander
I play goalie and I play out as a forward.
I am wondering if I should switch to lefty stick.
I play righty as a forward and lefty as a goalie.
Any thoughts?
Anyone make the switch? and for what reason?
play with comfort.

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06-19-2006, 05:20 PM
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Pick up any hockey stick and hold it using your first instinct...that will be the hand you play.

I never bought into the righties should use left curve sticks and vice versa. I'm a righty, but shoot right, yet when I play pool, I shoot left. Do whatever feels comfortable.

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Pick up any hockey stick and hold it using your first instinct...that will be the hand you play.

I never bought into the righties should use left curve sticks and vice versa. I'm a righty, but shoot right, yet when I play pool, I shoot left. Do whatever feels comfortable.
That's exactly what I was going to say. Everyone always told me I should shoot right because I'm a natural lefty. But I first picked up a left handed stick and it just felt right. When I play goal, I hold the stick in my left hand too, but that might be because I'm used to wearing a baseball glove on my right hand.

Theories on the "correct" stick handedness are nice, but nothing will make up for it if you don't feel comfortable holding the stick like that.

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My dominate hand is my right hand (I throw and write with it) but I shoot lefty because it's the most natural feeling for me. When I actually started hockey my dad just assumed I was a righty, because he is too, so I had a right handed stick first until my dad and I noticed that I shot awkwardly, then I switched to LH.

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i like the shovel thoery when helping kids decide. whatever way you would shovel snow, you should try to play hockey that way.

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Try what is comfortable. I am a righty and still shoot right.

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I have a friend who can play equally well both ways...it is insane.

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I'm left-handed, but I shoot right. I was hoping I'd be as successful ambidextrous shooter, unfortunately not. I'm a right-handed shot now and forever.

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I'm left-handed, but I shoot right. I was hoping I'd be as successful ambidextrous shooter, unfortunately not. I'm a right-handed shot now and forever.
I'm right-handed and shoot left. I'm a pretty decent player (or used to be, lol) but when I hold the stick right-handed I'm a complete ******, couldn't raise the puck if my life depeneded on it.

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I play goalie and I play out as a forward.
I am wondering if I should switch to lefty stick.
I play righty as a forward and lefty as a goalie.
Any thoughts?
Anyone make the switch? and for what reason?
I'm a lefty shooter. I've never played goal but I'd hold the goalie stick with my right. My right hand is stronger so that's my top hand -- I couldn't poke check effectively with just my left. With a glove I could catch with either hand.

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From what ive seen here is everyone amnidextric!?.. I use my right hand for everything. My left hand is basically for display.

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From what ive seen here is everyone amnidextric!?.. I use my right hand for everything. My left hand is basically for display.
Bump that. My left hand is useless...

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The majority of people hold a hockey stick with their dominant hand on top of the stick. Meaning most lefties shoot right and righties shoot left. It's advantageous if you fall under this category since when you hold the stick in one hand, you'll hold it in your top hand. As well for goaltenders (who should all hold the stick in their dominant hand reguardless of which way they shoot), it is difficult to flip the stick over and shoot the way Theodore and Joseph do.

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The majority of people hold a hockey stick with their dominant hand on top of the stick. Meaning most lefties shoot right and righties shoot left. It's advantageous if you fall under this category since when you hold the stick in one hand, you'll hold it in your top hand. As well for goaltenders (who should all hold the stick in their dominant hand reguardless of which way they shoot), it is difficult to flip the stick over and shoot the way Theodore and Joseph do.
I've heard that's the Canadian way of teaching, while the US uses the opposite theory.

I've always just gone by comfort. I started with a straight stick, and just went with what I was comfortable with.

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I would always recommend that you go with whatever is naturally comfortable for you. I began playing hockey as a goalie and therefore simply got used to playing with the stick in my right hand (because it is my dominant hand) and naturally when I switched to playing out I picked up a left-handed stick and never looked back.

I've tried to use a righty stick on several occasions to see if I could do it, but I have never had any comfort doing so. USA Hockey Magazine had an article on this a couple years ago and in the article they listed the advantages and disadvantages of having your dominant hand on the top of your stick and the same for having your dominant hand on the bottom of the stick. It was a very interesting article and I know I kept it, but since I moved from CT to TN, I have no idea where to begin looking for it right now. If anyone still has the article, it would be interesting to see the listed differences again.

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I'm right handed, and I used a lefty stick. ("Used" is the accurate word; I've skated once in the past 10 years...)

When I first picked up a straight-bladed stick, I played righty. Loved the way shots felt, but could not handle the puck at all that way. NO stability.
I found that when I turned the stick the other way, I could control the puck much better. While my shot wasn't as good, I rarely shot the puck, and simply felt so much more comfortable.

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play whatever feels comfortable. I know quite a few goalies that hold the glove in their left hand but when skating out shoot right, including myself. One benefit is if you lose or break your stick and someone gives you a lefty you can still use it because you know how to shoot lefty, or at least I can(can't puck handle too well thought ).

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