Wondering how to improve your game as a left-handed player? Here are some quick tips that go a long way.
The Best Left-Handed Grip
Most instructions for getting the best grip on your club are geared toward right-handed players, so many lefties are left to figure it out for themselves. Follow these steps to grip your club correctly if you are left handed.
- Wrap your right hand around the handle, at least a quarter inch from the top of the grip, pointing your thumb down. The V shape created by your thumb and forefinger should point to your left shoulder.
- Wrap your left hand around the grip with your pinkie finger positioned between the middle and forefinger of your right hand. The rest of the fingers of your left hand should be below your right hand. The V created by the thumb and forefinger of your left hand should be pointing toward your right shoulder.
Seek Out Leftie-Specific Drills
There are lots of golf drills out there specifically formulated for left-handed players. A quick Google search will bring up lots of drills for lefties–check these out and add them to your practice routine to ensure that you are doing drills that are right for you.
One simple and effective leftie golf drill is the left-hand-only swing. Hold your club in only your left hand and practice swinging with your shaft leaning forward and making sure that your left wrist stays flat during your follow through instead of bending. This will improve your swing by preventing a backwards-leaning shaft, which is a common problem for left-handed golfers.
Realize the Advantages
Many people feel like being a left-handed golfer is a disadvantage, and, while it can definitely be a pain to find the right clubs, there are advantages too (just look at Phil Mickelson!). Studies have shown that left-handed people are particularly creative, imaginative, and better at visualization than righties. These are all helpful abilities to have when it comes to golf because you can get creative, visualize your shot, and make it happen.
Ready to work on improving your game? You might need a few more practice balls!