If you’re a left-handed golfer, you already know that things can be difficult on and off the golf course.
- Lack of proper instruction for lefty golfers: Instruction is (usually) given with right-handed golfers in mind. We see it all the time: “Left-handed Golfers – just reverse everything…”
- Finding left handed golf clubs and other equipment for lefties: Any time one of your right-handed buddies gets new, top-of-the-line clubs, you can’t try them out using your natural swing. Finding the appropriate left handed golf clubs can be difficult, since a lot of retailers stock a limited number of left-handed clubs. (It makes sense—supply and demand and whatnot, but still.)
- Courses are designed for right-handed players: Let’s face it. Most courses are designed for righties, and as a left-hander you may have to work harder to navigate obstacles closer to the tee box. In the short game, though, the playing field for right- and left-handers is usually pretty equal.
Famous Left-Handed Golfers
Don’t let the fact that you are left-handed stop you from beginning or excelling in the game. Some of the greatest golfers of all times have been lefties! Famous left-handed golfers include several PGA greats:
- Phil Mickelson
- Bubba Watson
- Bob Charles
- Mike Weir
- Steve Flesch
- The late Ben Hogan
There’s even an association dedicated to this rare breed, the National Association of Left-Handed Golfers, which holds a championship tournament each year.
In addition, recently the European Tour challenged golf pros like Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson to channel their inner lefties in a “Left-Handed Challenge.”
Take a look at some of these top videos and tips specifically for lefties.