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10-12-2006, 04:21 PM
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Why is there so many Left Handers

I read that 10 percent of people are left-handed.

Whenever i watch or play people are usually Left Handed.

Anyone notice this

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That's just how it goes with how you're "supposed" to hold a hockey stick. A good chuck of the players who shoot RH, write left handed.

The working theory is that you have your power hand on top of the stick to generate harder shots/passes. When you're poke checking, you typically only have one hand on the stick, so if you're right handed.....that means your right hand is on top which means you shoot "left".

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i'm left handed and shoot right. one handed things (tennis/throwing etc.) i tend to do left. and two handed things (hockey/sweeping) i tend to do right. Also oddly enough my right arm is stornger than my left.

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I'm right handed in everything I do. Hockey I shoot right, tennis, writting, baseball, golf, soccer (feet), everything..

Only thing I do with my left hand is catching (baseball, hockey goalie). Than again, I remember when I was young and playing some kind of mini-hockey with no equipement with some friends and when I was the goaltender, I was catching with my right hand. When one of my friend bought a real street goalie equipment it was left glove though and I got use to it, since I was young and all..

So I'm not sure what would have happened if that goalie equipment would have had a righty glove.

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While I really like Brodeur's explanation, I think that most people just go with what they're most comfy with despite all logic. For example :

Me : Right-handed writing, hockey lefty, golf righty, throw righty, bat both sides, and I've played both sides as a goalie as well with no noticeable difference.

A friend : Right-handed writing, hockey righty, golf lefty, throw righty, bat lefty.



I have this other friend who's left-handed and plays every sport as upper-body lefty BUT lower-body righty. It hurts just to watch him do any sport.

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I'm a righty, shoot righty, but when I hold a pool cue, I hold it lefty

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Brodeur has it right. If you're right handed, you are generally going to shoot left and vice versa for the simple reason that you will use your dominant hand to reach for an object with a stick. I once played on a team where we did not have a single right-hand shot (23 players). Actually, you would expect all righties in the NHL to shoot left and have 90% lefty shooters as a result, but for some reason that is not the case.

How you hold your hockey stick also depends to some extent on what sport you started playing in which you held any kind of a stick. Since I started with hockey and shoot left, I bat lefty and I hold a golf club lefty despite the fact that I'm exclusively right-handed in everything else.

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i'm left handed and shoot right. one handed things (tennis/throwing etc.) i tend to do left. and two handed things (hockey/sweeping) i tend to do right. Also oddly enough my right arm is stornger than my left.
Same here, except my left arm is stronger than my right.

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Depends on what you start out with in terms of sports I guess. I started out with lacrosse, so I was already used to using my dominant hand as the top hand (righty in my case), so when I started playing hockey, I was a righty shot. I'm right handed and right footed, but I also surf/skate 'goofy foot' (right foot forward) which is also counter to what is usual for right footed people.

Honestly, it's whatever you're most comfortable with.

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throw, catch, kick shoot golf everything for me is right handed. i snowboard gooft as well weird

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Dominant hand guides the stick while stickhandling/pokechecking. When you shoot, there is a push/pull action...you push with your lower hand and pull with your upper hand. The dominant hand should be on the top of the stick.

In the US you see most players as RH, because they are told that since they are RH in life, they should shoot RH.

The ratio between LH:RH shooters in the NHL is about 70:30 LH to RH.

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I believe that you are hard-wired, not taught to shoot either right or left.We all have a dominant eye as well.I think that most right handed people shoot left naturally.I am right handed and play all sports "right".

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I do everything Left handed. EVERYTHING. Even when I put a checkmark on a piece of paper, it's backwards because I'm left handed.

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I'm right handed but I play hockey lefthanded. I think its because I started out as goalie and then went to defenseman so with poke checking and having one hand on the stick alot my right hand was the natural fit. I find the forwards I play with that are right handed shots its because they use the lower hand for stick handling alot more than a Dman who has one hand on the stick.

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In the US you see most players as RH, because they are told that since they are RH in life, they should shoot RH.
Really interesting that you said that. I'm mostly self-taught when it comes to hockey and the first stick I bought for myself is a righty. It just didn't feel right and I had very little control over the puck so I tried switching hands and it worked much better. The thing is, I immediately thought that I was a closet leftie and my life as a rightie had been a lie. I know it sounds bizarre but in some circles being left handed is akin to being handicapped. You need special scissors, etc. No offense intended -- as a child I favored my left until my parents trained me to favor my right. I can see where some players might go the extra mile to convert to playing as a right handed shot.

BTW, I still write, throw and do most things right handed.

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It's weird, I shoot right handed in hockey and I shoot right handed in golf, but I do everyting else left handed and I putt left handed....weird I know

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We have horses and since I started playing hockey long after I learned how to shovel crap, I do it the same way. I shoot left-handed.

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Depends on what you start out with in terms of sports I guess. I started out with lacrosse, so I was already used to using my dominant hand as the top hand (righty in my case), so when I started playing hockey, I was a righty shot. I'm right handed and right footed, but I also surf/skate 'goofy foot' (right foot forward) which is also counter to what is usual for right footed people.

Honestly, it's whatever you're most comfortable with.
That's how I started. I began playing baseball when I was 3 and I batted righty so when I picked up hockey at 11 my hands felt natural with my right hand on top.

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I write: Right
Shoot: Left
Bat: Right
Throw: Left
Scissors: Right
Kick: Right

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I do everything left-handed. I even think my left leg is stronger than my right.

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I shoot lefty, throw righty, hit lefty, play tennis righty, write righty...idk, just felt comfortable that way.

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I'm pretty sure I could be RH if I chose to at the very beginning when I was introduced to hockey.

When I was a noob I did both hands but it didn't matter because I had hands of stone, just decided to use LH because it seemed cool.


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I tried playing hockey right-handed a few times...my shot was actually better, but I absolutely was lost with the puck. I couldn't handle, pass, control...anything.

And my left hand is basically useless for everything else.

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Lefty all the way in hockey. Everything else righty. The guy who introduced me to the game played lefty so that's the sticks I began with and it just works.

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That's just how it goes with how you're "supposed" to hold a hockey stick. A good chuck of the players who shoot RH, write left handed.

The working theory is that you have your power hand on top of the stick to generate harder shots/passes. When you're poke checking, you typically only have one hand on the stick, so if you're right handed.....that means your right hand is on top which means you shoot "left".
Why do all field hockey players shoot right handed then? I'm not sure about this.

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