Which Hand?

So one of my boys is true ambidextrous. He can throw, hit, write, shoot, everything equally well with both hands. How do you decide which side he should swing from? He's 8 and can hit equally well from both sides. I'm thinking of having him go righty simply from an equipment availability standpoint. Thoughts?


  • BrianMcGBrianMcG Members Posts: 2,233 ✭✭
    I would do righty just because there are more examples of right handed golfers to emulate. Equipment would have nothing to do with my decision.
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  • ORTORT Posts: 119 ✭✭
    BrianMcG wrote:
    I would do righty just because there are more examples of right handed golfers to emulate. Equipment would have nothing to do with my decision.

    Good point, I didn't really think of that.
  • kcapkcap Members Posts: 154 ✭✭
    I would let him play both sides for as long possible.. avoid injury and we all know to get speed the non dominant side is as important if not more for speed and balance.

    FWIW- I would never choose right just cause their are more right golfer to watch and emulate..
  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter Members Posts: 3,017 ✭✭
    Let him choose.

    When my kid started playing baseball we let him swing from both sides of the plate. Never told him he had to do it lefty or righty. He writes, eats, does everything right handed. My father in law bought him his fist set of clubs when he was 5. My son told him he wanted to swing the other way, so he took them back and purchased left handed clubs. Has been swinging lefty ever since. Has a very good friend that is also right handed and swings lefty.

    The great thing about left handed equipment is that you can find better deals when vendors are trying to clear them out.
  • tiger1873tiger1873 Members Posts: 1,017 ✭✭
    edited Mar 1, 2019 2:59pm #6
    With all things equal you will have an easier time finding equipment for a righty. I personally would see which side he swings faster and go with that. The equipment advantages is not as bad as it once was years ago so don't let that be your single guiding factor. Lefty's also struggle with a lot courses designed for right handed players to slice the ball but generally speaking those are muni courses and if they can control the ball will not matter in the long run.

    On the flip side Left handed players draw is a fade for right handers and typically means they actually might have an advantage on some courses that have big tournaments. Does all his balls naturally go one way? If it does go with the side that is a natural draw.

    At the end of the day there are plenty of golfers that are right or left. Actually if your looking to emulate golfers lefty's have an easier time learning from a right hand instructor because they can be a mirror image when facing the instructor showing them.
  • ORTORT Posts: 119 ✭✭
    At this point I do let him choose. Usually when we go to the range he'll hit with his clubs (lefty set) then when he starts getting bored/tired/hits some bad shots he'll grab one of my clubs (righty) and start hitting like that. It's the damnedest thing to watch bc you can't tell which way is his dominant hand.
  • squarresquarre Members Posts: 947 ✭✭
    I agree with letting him choose. My youngest son (6 years old) is right handed but has always swung baseball bats and golf clubs left handed. He can switch hit in baseball and make contact but not nearly the fluidity or power. I haven’t had him swing a golf club right handed recently to know what that looks like.
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