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(USA Today)   "The transition is going more smoothly than one might assume, which probably means I was already right-handed and just never knew, probably because I lived in Canada"   (ftw.usatoday.com ) divider line
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2013-09-20 12:16:38 PM  
No offense to Tristan, but that sounds like a Yo Mamma joke. Yo Mamma so dumb she didn't know she was right handed.
 
2013-09-20 12:20:21 PM  
That sounds like a clip from "kids say the darndest things."

I like it.
 
2013-09-20 12:22:05 PM  
It never occurred to me that anyone could not know which hand is dominant. But a professional athlete? What kind of crap coaches has he dealt with?
 
2013-09-20 12:26:04 PM  
Sorry man, you're born with it.  You can't just pray away the lefty.
 
2013-09-20 12:33:10 PM  

Super Chronic: Sorry man, you're born with it.  You can't just pray away the lefty.



As a left handed Farker...yeah. Pretty much.
 
2013-09-20 12:42:31 PM  
Feels his pain
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2013-09-20 02:04:59 PM  
"The Cavs are losing, Tristan. So why are you smiling?"

"Because I know something you don't know."
 
2013-09-20 02:30:29 PM  
I know in Canada they emphasize kids to shoot lefty in hockey, but this just sounds strange.
 
2013-09-20 02:52:50 PM  

Ted_Crisp: I know in Canada they emphasize kids to shoot lefty in hockey, but this just sounds strange.


I've never heard that or seen that. You shoot whichever way feels correct to you.

What's really strange is that, in the Soviet era, ALL Soviet players were taught to shoot left. No exceptions allowed.
 
2013-09-20 03:21:20 PM  

bingethinker: Ted_Crisp: I know in Canada they emphasize kids to shoot lefty in hockey, but this just sounds strange.

I've never heard that or seen that. You shoot whichever way feels correct to you.

What's really strange is that, in the Soviet era, ALL Soviet players were taught to shoot left. No exceptions allowed.


Maybe taught isn't the correct word, but there does seem to be a disproportionate amount of left handed hockey players from our neighbor to the north.  Found this article in the NY Times that discusses it http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/sports/olympics/16lefty.html
 
2013-09-20 03:29:14 PM  

Ted_Crisp: I know in Canada they emphasize kids to shoot lefty in hockey, but this just sounds strange.


Lefty here, I shoot right in hockey, right for golf, throws left, switch hitter in baseball, but go to side would be right.
This guy's a dumbass.  What hand do you write with? (okay bad example for an NBA athlete)  What hand do you throw other balls with?  Throw with that.
 
2013-09-20 04:01:49 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: It never occurred to me that anyone could not know which hand is dominant. But a professional athlete? What kind of crap coaches has he dealt with?


www.theesportsblog.com
 
2013-09-21 02:00:02 AM  

Ted_Crisp: I know in Canada they emphasize kids to shoot lefty in hockey, but this just sounds strange.


Well, it's called "left", but that's just an agreed upon term for where you put your hands.

More descriptively, for things like hockey, the thinking is that the dominant hand is better off at the top of the stick. Mechanically there seems to be some sense to it. Your weaker hand then becomes a fulcrum while the dominant hand produces the fine control at the end of the lever. For a slap shot, the power comes from the bottom hand, but that more strength and less fine motor control.

I was watching some IIHF Divison III hockey and it was strange seeing all the "right handed" players.

FWIW, as a single data point, when my kid was first learning the game I found her a stick with a straight blade and just handed it to her and didn't teach her how to hold it and just let her figure it out for herself. Over a few weeks she tried it one way then another then back and so on and eventually settled into... dominant hand at the top.
 
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