Re: What Are You Working On?
I'm working on playing lefty, after 40 years doing everything lefthanded except golf. My dad and grandfather had only righthanded clubs for me to learn with, a common situation.
I wanted to at least be able to say I tried it, instead of always regretting not giving it a shot. For 25+ years my game has been stagnant, never approaching my teenage form, before I broke my elbow in two places smack on the joint while playing basketball.
In particular, having my left hand as the lead hand, while playing righty, never seemed ideal. My best comparison is to tennis and ping pong where I've always been a wristy player relying on topspin backhands. That same dynamic gets into my golf game, and my left wrist wants to become heavily involved at impact. I never know if it will be a sharp twist left or right.
Two weeks ago I bought a set of used lefty Bridestone GC Mid irons. So far it's been about as I expected. The right hand as lead hand feels like stealing. It is remarkably docile, unlike anything I've ever experienced. Today I was practicing chips and pitches up to 30 yards, and a wide dispersion would have been 8 feet. When I chip righthanded I'm all over the place, my left hand closing to produce a low cannonball, or opening for a weak fluff to the right. I get significantly more natural height on lefty chips, and an ability to alter trajectory.
That being said, right now it's hard to imagine hitting a full shot with a long club. I tried two 4 irons on the course and the divot went further than the ball. I'm trying to get accustomed to lefty by swinging the wedge and short irons up to the 7. I'm still not even at 3/4 yet but the wedge distance and comfort factor have loosened up significantly, from maybe 60 yards tops to about 100. Yesterday I put two lefty clubs in the bag, a 7 and PW. After I shoved a righty drive into a lateral hazard on a par 4, I decided to hit the next shot as a lefty, from almost 100 yards. It was more frustration than expectation. But somehow, with a left to right wind, I hit a controlled draw that bit 7 feet left of the pin.
Truthfully, I'm not sure where this will end up. I might stall when my short game is ready to transfer to lefty, and remain righthanded at the long stuff. I've putted left handed, or switch depending on the break, for almost 30 years. Today I think I would whiff if I tried to hit a driver from the left.
This afternoon I went to the short game area and saw a young guy, literally a spitting image of Carrot Top, hitting lovely flop shots lefthanded with a great effortless flowing backwing. He paused while I walked past, and I started a conversation about my new project. When I told him my left hand never felt correct as the lead hand, he interrupted with a semi-laugh and said, "Of course not."
Sigh. Made me wish I had done this 25 years ago. But it's always been difficult to abandon righthanded since I wasn't horrible, and starting from scratch is more than a bit embarrassing. I semi-chunked one today when a guy walked past, and I almost wanted to tell him, "Hey, I normally play righthanded."