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Advice for switch hitting

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I tweaked an old injury in my lrft shoulder and have seriously thought about switch hitting or switching to lefty fully once I'm ready to swing - whatever month that is. I played baseball 15 years and switch hit for 13 of them. semi ambidextrous I suppose. I did throw left handed, though I could throw some right handed too

I have a long swing and I was in the process of drastically shortening it, especially my drive. however, I'm thinking once I'm able to play ill start driving, playing my woods and maybe even my long irons left handed with a long swing to protect my left shoulder and the mid/short irons right handed with a short swing

I've only hit a few golf balls left handed 10 plus years ago, except for a cheap two sided putter I would switch hit then - I learned to play with my dads right handed clubs.

has anyone ever switched? what kind of advice do u have? should I just mimic my right hand swing left or switch it up? my baseball swings were different on both sides. do u think there will be a huge learning curve with a golf swing since I'm experienced on the right side already.

also, has there ever been a switch hitting golfer that played with left and right handed clubs in the bag.

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I finally started hitting plastic balls left handed a little over a week ago. Im only doing a limited amount of swings while im rehabbing my left shoulder. Im swinging some RH too, I just use 3/4 back swings rh and soft downswings on both sides. I only have an old LH 7iron that ive had to practice with. i dont like the clubs set up it puts my hands way in front of the ball at address, but im working with what i have.


I ordered two LH clubs from 3ball, A LH Driver and a LH 3 wood for about 60 bucks, that according to fedex will be here tomorrow, so im looking forward to hitting some more plastic at a fence.


My left hand expierence so far: Ill hit some flush, some seem to push off left, a couple of tops that shoot off to the right and a few fat hits - your standard beginners tale . When i do swing correctly though, it feels so smooth and nice, which i could see it myself. i gotta get a recording at some point.


my shoulder is probably another few weeks from being able to hit the course, but soon. ill have at least my LH driver and 3 in my bag and RH clubs for the rest for now - until at least xmas and a couple of LH 3/4 hybrids. I have a double sided putter but its rusted and separate LH and RH putters, im not sure which to go with at the moment. Back in the day I always felt better hitting long putts LH and 20 in RH

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I got my LH driver and wood in yesterday and introduced that to my training.


They are a Cobra S9-1F Driver and Matching 3 Wood - Damn these things are light. They are demo clubs I got for around 30 bucks each. They look brand new; being LH models maybe they didnt get much use at all.


My Left Handed 7 iron has been good today after building off the last few swings last night. However, switching over to the Driver has been a hiccup. After just finding a good iron downswing then switching over to new driver swing is a bit frustrating - tons of miss hit plastic balls for sure. Also, I notice for whatever reason my grip Isnt as solid with the Driver sometimes; Its like my left hand goes weak and my right hand neutral. With the Iron they are both neutral - it may just be the grip on the club IDK.


The Cobras are a tad bit offset to draw and I find it a little weird to have a closed face at set up. If i want to fade the ball how should i play this offset?


Its fathers day in oz tomorrow and the old lady said maybe i should go to the range. Normally, I'd jump at it but since im rehabbing my left shoulder idk. It would be nice to see some ball flight with real balls using these clubs and not just plastic balls shooting 10 feet into a fence

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hit the range today for a normal bucket, things went better than expected. I did get a lot of confused looks from ppl while i was switching back and forth from RH to LH etc.good thing i was hitting decent enough.


While I did hit a couple of bad slices from the LH driver, maybe 5 bad slices, 1 fat, a few thin, but most of them went fairly straight to a left push with a tiny fade, which were annoying. If it werent so far left (25-40m) of my target I wouldnt mind the soft fade.


Considering I have a offset draw club, i didnt hit any draws. maybe its the way i set the face at address, or my swing path - idk. the face is slightly closed but not by much. I was carrying it from 200 meters to 250+ meters (276yds). Basically the same distance as a healthy RH shoulder drive.


I hit only a few right handed. PW, 7, and the driver. im only carrying 200 meters with the RH driver now, but its basically a soft swing. I carried a few 250+ meters but i was really turning into it and backed off not wanting to make my hurt shoulder worse. since the goal is to hit drivers LH, I backed off and just hit LH drivers. I did notice all the soft swinging helped fix the issues i was having RH before getting hurt on going on the DL


I left on a positive note, so im excited about where the future will go LH, Ill hit a bigger bucket next sat while i continue my rehab, then the week after i'll bust out the switch hitting on the course.


Other than hitting myself by accident with the club and leaving a welt above my ankle, after pulling a tiger you suck after slicing it, all went well - even the shoulders did okay.

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