Are you lefty or righty?

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Are you lefty or righty?

  1. lefty

    33 vote(s)
    33.7%
  2. righty

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    66.3%
  1. Rickson

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    This is why it's important to be ambidextrous and ambipedal. Practice kicking that soccer ball with both feet, use both hands for basketball, jump over objects with either foot, and throw baseballs with the left and right hand.
     
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  2. AlphaCDjkr

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    Soccer? Baseball? What are these... things? I thought the world revolved around tennis.

    Needless to say I'm quite hopeless at left handed tennis. :cry:
     
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  3. Rickson

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    Being American, I can understand not knowing soccer, but baseball is a must.
     
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  4. Storm_Kyori

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    I'm also hopeless when it comes to throwing anything with my left except for the tennis ball when serving.
     
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  5. AlphaCDjkr

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    Its mostly that I dislike soccer and baseball in the first place. Its just me though. They just don't appeal to me :neutral:
     
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  6. SystemicAnomaly

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    Perhaps footedness is not quite as simple or straightforward as handedness and eyedness (eye/ocular dominance). Most of us have a strong preference for a particular hand/arm for most, but maybe not all, tasks. Even tho' I throw primarily right-handed and perform a few minor tasks with my right arm/hand, I am primarily left-hand dominant.

    With the feet it may vary a bit more for various tasks -- climbing stairs, kicking a ball, sprinting preference, hurdles, skateboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, martial arts, footwork & jumping patterns for various sports, etc. I would go with ball-kicking and starting foot preference for stair climbing as strong indicators, but I'm not really sure is these are really representative of preference most of our foot/leg tasks. Check these links for more insight:

    CoachesEducation.com/sprints/george-payan-apr_02.htm
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footedness#Testing_for_footedness

    When kicking a ball, the non-kicking leg must support/balance the body for a brief time. The kicking leg/foot, however, might be quicker, stronger, more accurate or more coordinated. In the case of jumping hurdles, one may have a strong preference for which leg leads. However, it should be noted that, in this case, the opposite leg provides quite a bit of the initial leg drive. In the 1st link above, it appears that sprinters would also have a preferred leg (when setting up in the starting blocks).


    So in the eye dominance test, the background view "jumped" when you closed your right eye, correct? If so, then you are indeed right-eyed. If you are closing your dominant eye when shooting a bow, perhaps you should try switiching to shooting with the opposite hand/arm so that you can use your dominant eye for aligning the target (aiming).

    Take a look at the BASC link (and the other links) that i provided in my previous post for problems arising with shooting guns if the shooter is cross-dominant. Note that cross-dominance can be a problem for some types of shooting, especially if the eye preference is very strong. If is is a weak preference then it may not be a probelm at all.

    On the other hand, cross-dominance can be an asset for batting in baseball and cricket or for shooting in hockey. For tennis, your eye dominance may make it somewhat easier to judge incoming balls on your backhand side than on your forehand side, or vice versa.
     
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  7. crystal_clear

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    I am left-eyed dominant while I am right-handed. So I am cross-dominant. What a surprising!
     
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    Lots of interesting info, thanks. I would attempt to shoot with my left hand instead, but I don't believe my left arm is strong enough to hold the bow steady...

    Because the last time I tried shooting the bow with my right eye open, I shot the brick wall. Whoops. Then I had to run away as the spinning, rebounding arrow twirled toward me... (totally didn't even come near me though.)

    And I've never actually paid attention to eye dominance for tennis, regarding FH/BH side... I think I'm going to test that out.

    Thanks for all the great info :)
     
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  9. Mdubb23

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    Both. I write, eat, bowl, and golf lefty, and play tennis, throw, and shoot righty.
     
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  10. jms007

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    Extreme lefty. Write, play tennis, use scissors with my left...take shots in soccer with my left, though I think i pass better with my right foot as it's less "sensitive" and more stable. I throw like a girl with my right hand.
     
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  11. SoBad

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    I voted righty because it's true. Lefties suck, should play with each other.
     
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    "In 1998, a study suggested that approximately 7 to 10 percent of the adult population was left-handed," and the poll shows one third of the votes are lefty.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-handed
     
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  13. SystemicAnomaly

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    Back up a page & look at post #48. I posted this link already as well as another wikipedia link that put the estimate at 8-15%.

    Curiously, a rather high % of junior players in this area (South SF bay area) play tennis left-handed -- it seems that it may be much more than 15%. It is not surprising at all that this poll would be skewed -- most right-handed players are probably going to ignore a lefty/right poll, while lefties will come out of the woodwork (since we are so damn special).
     
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    I've got a couple of old T-shirts with the following words of wisdom:

    Only lefties are in their right mind.

    Everyone is born right-handed,
    only the truly gifted can overcome it.

    .
     
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  16. crystal_clear

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    Ha Ha Ha...:D
     
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    It is true.
     
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  18. Rickson

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    Well this ambidextrous righty didn't ignore this thread.
     
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  19. crystal_clear

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    I guess there are far more ambidextrous lefties than ambidextrous righties.
     
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  20. Rickson

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    My brother is a natural lefty and he seems extremely comfortable using his right hand. We once played 2 on 2 basketball against 2 guys who laughed at us due to their height advantage, but we got the last laugh when we beat them not once but twice due to them calling a fluke after the initial beatdown they took. What confused them was our ability to drive on either side. I'm a natural righty who likes driving left and my brother likes driving to his right. When they played us on our off hands, we'd go to our natural hands. This frustrated them immensely and we had to laugh at their lack of dexterity. Those 2 clowns couldn't do a lefty basketball move if their lives depended on it.
     
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  21. crystal_clear

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    I seemed that each of you has double hands plays against your single handed opponents
     
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  22. Rickson

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    Yes and we crushed their fragile egos in the process.
     
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  23. crystal_clear

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    I think if more righties vote, the poll would be less skewed.
     
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  24. backhander

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    righties have a bigger right foot usually? what size are you?
     
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