Recognizing hand-dominance, shouldn't this be easy?

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  1. racquet_jedi

    racquet_jedi Professional

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    I was talking with my friend the other day about recognizing what your opponent's dominant hand is and he said that it would take a while for him to notice if his opponent was a lefty or not...

    Shouldn't you be able to tell your opponent's hand dominance right away? I mean seriously, it's right there for you to see...
     
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  2. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    No, it happens all the time. I am lefthanded and even players that are practiced and at an advanced level are slow to recognize this. Mind you, the advanced players are a heck of a lot quicker to recognize it though to be fair.
     
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  3. TennisProdigy

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    People have a tough time recognizing that I'm left handed b/c I do that entire warm-up right handed and at a 3.0 level :)

    JK Yeah very easy to see what hand is his dominent hand, just pick right and you'll be right 90% of the time.

    Another idea is to see which forearm on his arm is bigger or if you shake his hand if he has callouses on it.
     
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  4. Essential Tennis

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    I'm a south paw as well Bill, and yes it happens with me all the time as well. I can give a weekly private to a 3.0 player for months before they first notice, heh.

    As Bill said, a higher level player is going to notice much more quickly. Lefties also have a tendency to pick out other lefties much more quickly. It's something I usually take note of well before the first ball is hit with a new lesson.
     
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  5. Bungalo Bill

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    LOL, the trickster.
     
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  6. Bungalo Bill

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    Yes, because it looks so wierd.
     
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