Moya playing right-handed

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  1. bobby

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    Anyone else think that it's really strange that Moya, a natural lefty, plays right-handed and has a huge forehand and mediocre backhand? You would think that his backhand would be better as he is a natural lefty.
     
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  2. Kevin Patrick

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    I find it odd that natural lefties are taught to play righty. Sharapova is a lefty who plays righty as well.
     
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  3. the_arod

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    funny thing is that Nadal is natural righthanded, but plays as a lefty
     
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  4. @wright

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    Didn't know that about Nadal, that's what I call taking advantage! If Moya was a lefty, I think he'd have at least 2 slams by now, maybe more.
     
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  5. Chloe

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    It used to be common to make people use their right hand for everything, writing included. I hear that in some parts of the world this is still custom. Lefties are/were considered "evil". It's the devil hand! No, really. I'm not making this up. If I could make things this absurd up I'd be writing books not writing on forums.

    Anyways, although it's less common to do that now, it's still probably that right handers prefer to teach right handers. It's just easier. Given that I'm a lefty who messed up every single drill my instructor tried on the group, I've seen first hand that it's easier. However, there is an advantage to playing left, so it should be encouraged rather than discouraged.
     
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  6. Zeta

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    Until 15-20 years ago, here in Italy we were corrected at school... We MUST write with right hand! :(

    Now fortunately it's different.
     
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  7. Ben42

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    Navratilova is a righty whose father taught her to play lefty because he thought it would be an advantage.
     
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  8. gts072

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    And the fact that most things in the world are geared towards righty. If Nadal is a natural righty then why is his left arm so much bigger than his right? I would assume he does normal non-tennis day to day activities with his right arm but I'm just speculating.
     
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  9. USCfan

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    From hitting his forehand...
     
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  10. fastdunn

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    I've heard that it's not that easy to determine whether you're naturally
    lefty or righty...
     
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  11. Chloe

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    There is a picture of him golfing right handed, if I'm not mistaken. But yes, as USCfan noted, hours of lefty tennis each day would be what accounts for that bigger left bicep.
     
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  12. Chloe

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    I wouldn't be surprised. I still haven't figured it out.
     
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  14. VamosRafa

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    I've posted this before, but I actually asked Carlos about this in Houston 2003, for the same reasons mentioned here. Here's the exchange:

    Sorry for the "connection to the stars" reference, but I did ask, and this was all he said.

    Full transcript:

    http://www.asapsports.com/tennis/2003masterscup/111103CM.html
     
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  15. Andres

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    I had the chance to speak with Rafa Nadal in ATP Buenos Aires, and he said he's a right-handed man, who plays left-handed. He got some advices from his uncle, and started playing left handed when he was like 6 years old. He said his uncle thought playing lefty would be an advantage...
     
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  16. Noelle

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    I think in some articles about Sharapova, she was said to be ambidextrous and nearly began to play left-handed. Maybe her right side is just a teensy bit more dominant than the left. She still can pull out that left-handed forehand when needed, though.

    As for Moya, he doesn't hit a great backhand because he rarely hits backhands at all. It's all in the practice, y'all. :)
     
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  17. krp312

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    What exactly constitutes a naturally left or right inclined person? Their writing hand? Throwing hand?

    I'm still young... Maybe I should switch? Nahh.. Maybe? Yeah! Nahh... I don't know. If I'm not tapping my full potential, I should switch.

    I'm right-handed in tennis and I have to say that from batting left handed in baseball (or any type of swinging-a-stick sport) has helped me with my backhand. Getting decent at the backhand was easier for me. Learning the forehand took longer but it was also not that bad because I consider the forehand to be the easier shot of the two. BUT, if I should be playing with a lefty forehand--man, that'd really induce some practice time and getting used to!

    This is me:
    write - left
    throw - left
    bat (in baseball) - left
    basketball (shooting hand) - right
    tennis - right
    guitar + other instruments - right

    Someone earlier spoke of schools in the past forcing natural lefties to learn things right-handed... I read a book on it and psychologists say that those who are taught against their natural left/right tendency become crazy ****s.

    The end.
     
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  18. Chloe

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    People generally mean the writing hand, but I'm not sure what offically constitutes handedness. The thing is that most people use one hand for most things, so going by the writing hand is a pretty good guide, even if that isn't errr.... "official". I can't say that I"ve ever actually studied handedness. I did read a book about evil lefties once though. Good stuff, that.

    I use different hands for different activities as well. I'll summarize my own for comparison. And because I like to talk about myself. Mainly the latter.

    write - left. Me right handed writing is acceptable but slow and deliberate.
    throw - either
    bat (in baseball) - left, but can bat right as well
    basketball (shooting hand) - left
    tennis - left
    guitar + other instruments - left

    golf: left
    bowling: right

    I'm all kinds of wacky.
     
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  19. krp312

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    Oh yeah! I forgot about golf and bowling.. and yes, I love to talk about myself too! Haha, no, I kid--I think.

    Let me redo myself including golf and bowling. It'll just confuse you more.write - left
    throw - left
    batting - left
    basketball - right
    tennis - right
    guitar + other instruments - right
    golf - right
    bowling - left
    soccer - right

    Handedness is a mind-boggling thing. I ponder sometimes that if I were to try harder, I could switch my handedness to be effective--like in baseball for example. Oh whatever.

    Still, the burning question... Should I give a shot at left-handed tennis?
     
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  20. joeman957

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    Man I wish I was ambidextrous...

    Right hand - everything
    Left hand - absolutely nothing, except for tossing the tennis ball up to serve.
     
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  21. Andres

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    I was born lefty, then, in school, I became righty.
    I switch hands twice then. Due to several shoulder injuries i got in 2003, i became lefty again... now i'm becoming righty... agaaaain...
    So i can say pretty sure i'm ambidextrus. I can do things exactly the same with both hands... but I write righty and I play tennis and basketball lefty.
     
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  22. scoot

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    I was always told it was the hand with which you **********? :confused:
     
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  23. krp312

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    Then I'm A Lefty!
     
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  24. Chloe

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    Part of the reason I'm ambidextrous is that I had wrist injuries when I was 12-14 as a result of gymastics. There was so much swelling in the left wrist that I couldn't bend it at all for some periods of time. As you can imagine, writing was fun. I might have switched some things to the right hand as a result of that, I'm not entirely sure. I used to do everything left handed when i was younger. I remember not being able to even cut right. Now it feels wrong to cut left.
     
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  25. edge

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    My son is ambidexterous. When he was 6, he use to eat with either hand and threw a baseball with either hand. The teachers said not to force either because he would ultimately gravitate to one side. His mother was a natural lefty forced to righty in catholic schools. My son is a nationally ranked righty player. In other sports he plays:

    shoots basketball- righty
    dribbles basketball- lefty
    soccer kicks- left footed
    lacrosse shoots- lefty
    throws baseball- righty, switch hitter
    twist bottle cap off- with left hand

    If I had known that his interest in tennis would have come so far, I definitely would have started him off lefty! There's another kid who serves righty but switches to a lefty forehand and he's a S&V'er, how weird?!
     
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  26. activentures

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    Lefties are evil. Especially serving to the Ad Court!! ;)
     
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  27. ShooterMcMarco

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    heres me:

    shoots basketball- righty
    dribbles basketball- righty
    soccer kicks- left footed
    lacrosse shoots- i don't play lacrosse
    throws baseball- righty, but bats left
    twist bottle cap off- with right hand
    tennis- right

    but i write with my left hand
     
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  28. raftermania

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    Hey SMM, next time you come in for your PPU diagnostics, I'll have to modify your CMOS. I swear I had your writing hand set to "r."

    A lefty in a group lesson full of righties is a pain. Teaching tennis to righties is even more of a pain!!!
     
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  29. Chloe

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    The good thing about being left handed in a group of righties was that whenever we had pairs drills, the instuctor often just hit with me to spare anybody else the confusion.
     
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  30. ShooterMcMarco

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    Roger that (no pun intended).

    so i guess teaching tennis to righties is a pain in your right buttcheek, or your left buttcheek?

    :D
     
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  31. RedGinseng

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    I'm a lefty but play with my right hand. Left means/meant wrong in some countries. When I was a kid, I did everything, with my left hand. My parents didn't care too much about me using my left hand but my grandmother always scolded me for using it. When I was in elementary school, I started to take tennis lessons and the coach taught me to use my right hand. I still do everything with my left hand but when I play tennis, I use my right hand.
     
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  32. Ben42

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    The latin word for left is "sinister" hence the left=evil thing.

    I'm lefty and do pretty much everything lefty. Tennis, baseball, basketball, guitar, that um other thing someone else mentioned :). Except scissors. I could never get the hand of those stupid lefty scissors.

    But I'm right footed.
     
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  33. raftermania

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    Well actually, it usually hurts in the groin because when I start feeding them balls they forget about the pylons and they aim for me!
     
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