Switch-hitting is common in baseball – rare in golf. A teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford and NBC analyst Notah Begay was a switch putter. He hit right-to-left breaking putts right-handed and he hit left-to-right breakers left-handed. More common are lefties that play golf right-handed.
The list of lefties playing right-handed is impressive:
- Jordan Spieth
- Curtis Strange
- Ben Hogan
- Johnny Miller
- Nick Price
- Greg Norman
It’s a simple answer, more right-handed golf clubs are made. Perhaps there’s also an advantage. A leftie playing right-handed with a stronger left latissimus dorsi, stronger left forearm, and stronger left shoulder may be more powerful. Case in point is right-handed Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed. Perhaps “Leftie” gets more distance from his strong right side.
Remember Jordan Spieth’s made bunker shot to win Travelers Championship in a playoff over Daniel Berger? Look at his celebration and notice how he throws his wedge before the chest bump with his caddy Michael Greller. It’s a left-handed celebratory club throw.
Here’s an idea – if things aren’t going well then switch sides.