Cold weather play: Left hand felt much colder than the right.

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Played recently during unseasonably cold weather in California. Around 42 degrees.

My right hand fingers felt fine. But my left hand fingers were numb and painfully stiff from the cold. I could barely spread out my fingers when tossing the ball up on the serve.

Is it normal for the left hand to feel so much colder than the right?
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Yes, that is normal for a right-handed player. Even moreso for players with a 1-handed BH. As a lefty, my right hand is noticeably colder than my left. After playing in cold weather, I almost always have the coldest handshake.
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spaceman_spiff

Hall of Fame
One of the main reasons that the weak hand gets colder is that the weak hand often holds the throat of the racket. The frame tends to be a lot colder than the grip, and your hand tends to be more open and exposed to the air when holding the throat compared to the handle. So, you lose a lot of heat from that hand.

The stronger hand is almost always on the handle, so it's holding a warmer part of the racket and the palm is not exposed much to the cold air.
 

Europe123

New User
Depending on the level you play and your style of play.... you could always use a fingerless glove, ive even seen a golf glove being used on the non dominant hand in cold conditions :)
 

SteveI

Legend
Played recently during unseasonably cold weather in California. Around 42 degrees.

My right hand fingers felt fine. But my left hand fingers were numb and painfully stiff from the cold. I could barely spread out my fingers when tossing the ball up on the serve.

Is it normal for the left hand to feel so much colder than the right?
Dude... it is 42 degrees right? Your entire body... the rackets.. balls everything is cold
 

Gonzalito17

Banned
I noticed that too. The left hand is like ice. Right hand stays warm because it's working harder than the left. Just use a knit fingered girly mitten for your left hand, sell em at the store for like a buck or two.
 

Maximagq

Banned
The left hand is not active at all for us one handers, and this inactivity in the cold is what causes it to feel cold.
 
I am also from California. This morning it was 33 degrees F., but nice and clear. Some guys wore gloves. What I use is something like a leg-warmer, an elastic/cloth tube- open at both ends. Run one end up, over the racket handle and the other over your hand, then at least your hitting hand is warm(ish). You can make one by cutting the toe-end off of a tube sock.
 
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