Left Handed Golf Clubs
Left Handed Golf Clubs
Why is it so hard to accommodate left-handed golfers with Left Handed Golf Clubs? Even though there are 10 to 15% of the world’s population who are naturally left-handed, that percentage really reduces when you consider that a fraction of those that play golf – that figure reduces to approx. 5% of the world’s golfers that play left handed.
Perhaps now you can see why golf manufacturers do not really accommodate them for their golfing needs and requirements, and favour the masses in the right-handed golfing ranks! Bit unfair though isn’t it?
Where to buy left handed golf equipment
Locating stockists for left handed golf clubs can be an arduous task as most golf retailers tend to stock for the right-handed golfer, but with limited choice for the left handed golfer. Approx 25% of all golf clubs manufactured are made with a left-handed golfing options, but then there will also be a restricted choice of lofts and shaft flexes available so inevitably your choice will end up becoming a custom or special order.
Even the online golf stores have a limited choice, most of the time showing a right handed golf club image with a drop down selection to see if left handed golf clubs are an option of your choice, this can be a very time-consuming exercise and in the end, you could still be left empty handed and still no further on than when you first started searching online, so below I have done a bit of digging and found an Aladdin’s Cave for the left handed golfer looking for left handed golf clubs.
In this article, I want to look at where left handed golfers can buy left handed golf clubs whether it be online or in person, plus a few other interesting stats about left handers!
Because I am UK based I have decided to focus on one store ( Left Handed Golf Ltd) that has been catering for the left handed golfer for about 12 years, originally at Kingswood Golf Club in Surrey to Silvermere Golf Club approx. 20 minutes down the road so not too far away for their existing and established clientele.
With Silvermere Golf Club being easy to access with the busy M25 on its doorstep, by moving location, it has made it easier for the left-handed golfer to visit and get the left handed golf clubs fitted and made to measure to suit each individual. They have facilities to match and rival any golf club fitting store, so well worth a phone call or visit to arrange your left handed golf club fitting experience.
In the store, they stock all of the leading manufacturers and brands, with an extensive range of demo clubs you can be sure that they will have some clubs that suit your golf swing in stock or at least the shafts and club heads that are needed to enhance your game. They take online bookings for a session with a resident PGA professional for a full custom fit using the Flightscope X2 software, but they insist that all club fitting sessions must be pre-booked to avoid disappointment. In the store, they stock left handed golf clubs for Cobra, TaylorMade, Titleist, Yonex, Mizuno, Ping, Callaway, Nike, Cleveland and also Wilson, so a vast stock to choose from.
They are very competitively priced and also track other stores to ensure that their prices are the best in the market, they also have frequent special offers and clearance sales so be sure to keep an eye on their website for specials and offers, no doubt they are seasonal related offers but well worth keeping an eye on or alternatively if they have a newsletter subscribe to that to be kept up to date. They also offer an online shopping experience for golfers unable to travel to the Left Handed Golf Store at Silvermere Golf Club.
Here is a link to their website CLICK HERE.
Now some interesting stats about left handed golfers and also some famous people who are left-handed but maybe you just didn’t know it, so here we go:
- Numerous left-handed people choose to play right handed golf because then their strong hand doesn’t come into play – If you are a right handed golfer and play right handed then your right hand can be too dominant by pushing into your leading left arm – fact
- The majority of professional golf instructors cater for the masses and the right-handed golfer plus most of the instruction manuals on the market also cater for the right handed golfer – perhaps the masses think the correct way to play the game is right handed – bit unfair again though don’t you think?
A couple of golfers you may have heard of who play left handed but are in fact right handed in everything else they do is Phil Mickleson who has three US Masters to his name and also Mike Weir who won the US Masters in 2003, plus another famous golfer called Greg Norman who is left handed in everything else he does play the game right-handed, so as you can see there are no set rules on how you should play the game.
Other notable left handed golfers that you might have forgotten about are:
- Bob Charles – New Zealand – won the Open Championship
- Bubba Watson – USA – won the US Masters twice
Notable golfers who are naturally left-handed that play right handed golf are:
- Nick Price
- Johnny Miller
- Curtis Strange
- Len Mattiace
Notable people who are left handed:
- Harry Truman – US President
- Gerald Ford – US President
- Ronald Reagan – US President
- George W Bush – US President
- Barack Obama – US President
Pretty impressive list of natural left-handers there isn’t there?
Some interesting scientific facts about left-handers that you may not be aware of:
- Left-handers are more likely to have allergies
- Prone to more migraines
- More likely to be insomniacs
- They use the right side of the brain the most
- Three times more likely to become an alcoholic because the right side of the brain has a lower alcohol tolerance level
- They reach puberty quicker than right handed people
- More chance of suffering dyslexia
- More chance of suffering from a stutter
- They have better 3D perception and also lateral thinking
- Mush better at multi-tasking
Some other Interesting Left Handed Trivia
Left-handers make good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers (almost 40% of the top tour tennis player’s play left handed)
Celebrate left handed day once a year – August 13th – International Left Handers Day
Write figures facing to the right
Left handed people recover from strokes quicker
Left-handed people are more likely to pursue creative careers
Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right-handed graduates
On a normal QWERTY keyboard, there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand
Some weird Left Handed Statistics
Left-handers can adjust to seeing underwater quicker
Left-handers nails grow faster on the left hand than the right
Things left-handers find difficult
Telephone boxes – because the handset and coin slot are placed on the right
Record Player – because the arm and stylus are on the right-hand side
Cash dispensing machines
Ticker barriers on underground – because ticket slot is on the right
So there you have it some interesting facts that you may have or may not have known of, but because today’s article is all about left-handers and left handed golf clubs it seemed appropriate to throw in some trivia about the left-handed community.
So now that I have covered the good points and bad points of trying to find decent left handed golf clubs that are going to enhance your golf game, you still have to make sure that even though it seems to be a mammoth task to get clubs to suit your game, do not overlook the basic fundamentals of making sure that the golf clubs you do purchase have the correct shaft for your swing and club head speed, the correct degree of loft when the club head is laying on the ground at address position – you may have found Aladdin’s Cave but you still need to make sure you have the correct left handed golf clubs for your game!
Hope that you got a bit out of this post for the left-handed golfer, and as always if you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to leave some comments below, I am more than happy to respond to you with an answer if the question is relevant to the article.
Also, if you have any requests or suggestions for some future posts please do not hesitate to leave me a comment or contact me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org – I will be more than happy to collate and research and topic regarding the game of golf for you.
Have a great day, keep hitting it straight and happy golfing!