Are you a lefty?

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  1. Mr.Federer

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    How many of you are leftys?
     
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  2. Andres

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    I was born lefty, but in school made me righty. I write and play tennis and ping pong with my right hand, (sometimes lefthanded, but that's the less) and do the other stuff with my left hand, including other sports like basketball and volleyball.

    I consider myself righthanded, since I write righthanded, but I do almost everything with my left hand. Anyways, 20% of the time I serve lefty (never flat, always slice or topspin...)
     
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  3. Muse

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    I am not a lefty, though I wish I was.
     
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  4. fbone

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    Lefty here...most people hate playing lefties. So, I'm one up on them from the start!
     
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  5. AndrewD

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    I was exclusively left-sided (left-handed, left foot used for Aussie Rules) but after a car accident I had to learn to play tennis and kick the football on my right side. Was a much, much better player as a lefty -especially my serve- but have been able to make it back to a 4.0+ level as a right-hander.
    Not really a poll option for that though LOL
     
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  6. Bungalo Bill

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    I am a pure lefty. Kick left, throw left, hit left, write left, eat left, surf left (as the avatar shows), play tennis left, play sports left. I am a pure lefty.
     
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  7. rod99

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    i write and throw right handed but play tennis left handed.
     
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  8. Dan007

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    Same here.
     
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  9. Douggo

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    Lefty serve, righty otherwise.
    Outside of tennis, mostly lefty.
     
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  10. randomname

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    lefty here too, does anyone know if its true that were supposed to die before right handed people? I keep hearing that from people
     
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  11. go_nadal

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    im a leftie for most things exept for golf, cricket, hockey etc... but wat i think is that its basically a double handed backhand in tennis...
    but i write and play tennis left handed...
     
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  12. Mr.Federer

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    I'm lefty aswell, but I play hockey righty...and I love seeing people say:"oh crap! he's left-handed!"
     
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  13. TripleB

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    Where is the choice for both?

    I serve left handed but then play right handed :D

    TripleB
     
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  14. Mr.Federer

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    Really? no, i cannot be!
     
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  15. Lefty

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    Lefty and loving it. A one-handed lefty backhand is the most aesthetically pleasing shot in tennis.
     
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  16. Rickson

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    A better question would be, do you play tennis left handed?, because Nadal is a right hander who plays lefty and Carlos Moya is a natural lefty who plays righty.
     
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  17. Andres

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    Same as Jose Acasuso... lefty who plays righty...
    God, I imagine that serve and one handed backhand being lefty!! :D
     
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  18. misterg

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    Because of a wrist injury i play with the left hand for about 5 months. If the injury persist I'll become a lefty...
     
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  19. snowpuppy

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    racquet sport left, throw right, eat left, basketball right, write left.
     
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  20. Roforot

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    Wow I thought I was the only one :)

    Why do you do this?
    When I first took a tennis class in college, the coach
    did not know or bother to show me how to grip the racquet left handed
    and said I should just hold it like everyone else. I thought he's a coach
    so he should be right and did that. I later taught myself to serve left handed
    after back sprain as it was less stressful.
     
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  21. lanky

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    complete lefty here left handed,foot,dominant eye
     
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  22. tom-selleck

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    i'm the 4th person to respond who serves lefty and groundstrokes righty.

    surprised there are so many of us.... started tennis early and grabbed stuff with right hand even though i was left-handed (door knobs, fridges, scissors etc. i think train you wiht right hand when you are young). i think also when i was young, i could hit forehand and 2HB well with right hand (2HB is basically lefty forehand) and didn't worry about serve till i was older. and i was a baseball pitcher lefty, so serving that way was natural.
     
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  23. kevhen

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    Yes, but I play tennis right-handed. I eat, write, and throw a frisbee using my left hand but most things I do right handed. I can play 3.5 level tennis left-handed and always use a one-handed backhand. I use a two-hander when playing right handed (to get that lefty involved). I think lefties think outside the box more.
     
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  24. Happyneige

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    Lefty for tennis, soccer, writing and eating.
    Righty for throwing ball and hitting a volleyball...

    It's amazing how people neglect to notice my handedness during the match. One time, the last person to know I'm a lefty was my doubles partner.
     
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  25. Douggo

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    Mine is the same story: bats right, throws left.

    We should get together and play a tournament or something. I'll bet I'd hate playing anybody who plays like me.
     
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  26. troytennisbum

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    I'm a lefty
     
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  27. oldguysrule

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    You know the right brain/left brain thing...?

    It just proves that left handers are the only ones in their right mind...

    Fun trick: if you write left-handed (without the wrap around grip) then you can do this. Take a pen in each hand. Get ready to write with the point of the pens about a half inch from each other. Now, write your name backwards with your left hand and forwards with your right hand at the same time. i.e., htimS nhoJ John Smith. Righties can't do it.
     
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  28. kevhen

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    Yeah I did that and it wasn't too hard. Are you serious that righties can't do that? What about doing it in reverse with the left hand writing it forward and the right going backhands? I was able to do that too but the right is much sloppier than the lefty.
     
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    Left-handed, but as most of us, have had to adapt to a right-handed world. Tennis is played left-handed, but can kick with either foot and switch hit when I played baseball/softball. Funny thing about batting, hitting right-handed I had more control over the bat and placement of the ball, batting left, I had more power, but less control.

    I've heard two figures . . . first one is that only 4% of the world's population is left-handed. Most recent figure I've heard is that 10% is left-handed. I believe the later figure.
     
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  30. kevhen

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    Probably at least 10% of us have some things we do lefty but maybe only 4% are pure lefties of which I am not.
     
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  31. adamvann

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    I am indeed a southpaw!

    Actually, the only thing that I use my left hand for is sports related things. Throwing, swinging a baseball or any type of racquet sports. I think when I was younger I was inclined to be left handed in all things, but my dad (a great single parent) whom taught me how to eat and write was a righty, so it was easier for me to imitate him using my right hand for things like that.
     
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  32. PM_

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    Play lefty,
    natural righty.

    The fact that almost half the poll voted lefty cracks me up. Just proves the majority of forum members are full of $h--.

    8)
     
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  33. adamvann

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    PM what do YOU think it should be?
     
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  34. PM_

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    Are you kidding me???????
    How many left-handers compared to rightys do you see on the courts?

    If you're asking me, the ratio should more be like 5-1.
     
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  35. snowpuppy

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    I thought so too. I hardly played any lefties even during parties. yet it seem like so many or popping up saying they are lefty. Maybe TW attracts lefties? Anyway, i think it is great, i don't feel that lonely anymore
     
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  36. Douggo

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    The subject is "Are you a lefty?"
    I wouldn't expect lots of righties to pop in here and say "no, I'm not".
     
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  37. Klippy

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    I am a pure righty. Everything I even try to do with my left hand I fail miserably. It feels very very unnatural and very awkward. My twin sister on the other hand, was actually a natural lefty. She started writing with her left hand in Kindergarten, but my mum kept telling her to write with the right hand, so she changed. Pretty odd, huh?
     
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  38. kevhen

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    I would say more like 10-1 on the courts from the roughly 200-300 people I have played in the last several years. I can definitely remember the lefties more distinctly and can think of about 20 of them. Even lost the first time to a 4.0 lefty who didn't have a right arm at all. But I beat him the second time around by hitting crosscourt passing shots to his backhand side.
     
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  39. Mr.Federer

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    Yeah, I'm almost very surprised that in my poll there are so many leftys...I'm a lefty and when people see that,they're like " whoa, he's a lefty, wtf man???" ...anyways I was expecting a little less leftys...but that's cool.
     
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  40. tom-selleck

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    it is totally what the one poster said.

    lefties feel proud so will respond... righties don't care about the poll or are sick of hearing about lefties and our disadvantages in life so they don't respond.
     
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  41. TnTBigman

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    Born lefty and plays both tennis and cricket lefty. But plays football (soccer) as a righty. Lefty just have better feel and touch at the net. Plus playing doubles and serving at the AD court...nasty killer spin and slice out wide. I even have a wide topspin serve for the deuce side also. Leftys are versatile.
     
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  42. simi

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    Don't know your age or how things are done down under. For the past several hundred years, parents made a supreme effort to change the preferable hand an infant uses if that infant shows a preference to use the left hand. Some religious connotation in there somewhere. Thankfully, attitudes are changing, albeit slowly. If your mom is "old school", it would help explain her actions.
     
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  43. PM_

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    I considered all that when I said 5-1.
     
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  44. samoca

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    I guess I'm in the 4%--total lefty everything. There's some theory (I read it in a book years ago) that if you are lefthanded and you "hook" your hand when you write that your handedness might be caused by birth trauma, not genetics--and also that those lefties (the hookers :)), do not have cross brain dominance; i.e., they are left brain dominant, like righties. I don't know if this is still the current theory. Anyway--I'm a 4ish female and I pay a young guy to hit with me regularly. He's also a lefty and hits with a lot of topspin. Even tho' I'm lefty myself, I found his spin very strange at first to get used to, which I thought was interesting--I guess like everybody else, I'm also adapted to righthanded spin. He's about a 6 (played college) and a pure serve and volleyer. I've never seen him in a match but he says he beats almost everybody he plays (except pros)--definitely has a lefty advantage. I'm waiting for mine to kick in :).
     
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  45. Klippy

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    lol
     
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  46. simi

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    Well, it goes like this . . .

    It is a medically proven fact that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. So . . . the only people in their right mind are left handers.
     
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  47. tguru

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    I eat, write, kick, and play tennis from the left side. I am totally right sided in all other sports. I have assumed that people would hold a racquet with the hand that holds their utensils. Is this the experience of others?
     
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  48. Jonnyf

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    im a lefty, BUT im infact ambidextrous and when i was really young (baby really/ toddler) i startd using my left hand more so i turned lefty and play football lefty write lefty erything lefty, but recently (start of december) i found out that im special lol and my right foot is longer than my left
     
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