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Ambidextrous Players Aren't Cheating: Are you a fan of throwing with either hand? Has your sidearm shot never come around? Sometimes throwing with the other hand is all you need...

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When And Why to Throw Opposite Handed

Started by CD Player Mar 24, 2008.

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Comment by Heath on April 4, 2008 at 5:22pm
I'm was a RHBH player until I whacked the edge of my thumb off on my right hand. Started throwing LHBH and kinda of freaked myself out when I started throwing almost as far LH as RH. Now I'm a RLBH depending on the shot needed. Last tourney at Horseshoe Canyon I was just about 50/50 off the tee box, 70/30 approaches and only threw 3 putts LH (made 2). It also makes for a great excuse if I'm playing bad.
Comment by CD Player on March 27, 2008 at 12:01pm
I'm known as "CD", but when I switch hands they call me "DC". That would make me A"CD"C :&)
Comment by humchris on March 26, 2008 at 11:09pm
I had to learn to throw with my left when i injured my right in a work related accedent, now it just helps me get around corners that I need to.
Comment by CD Player on March 25, 2008 at 3:02pm
Billy Bob! Miss you man! True, the left-to-right fade SHOULD be a natural shot, but getting the right skip is sometimes the aim, if you aim at all! Glad to know your elbow quit hurting.
Comment by Bill Burns on March 25, 2008 at 1:35pm
Hey Duane!

I am a RHBH player, and when I need a left to right shot, I prefer throwing a disc that fades, and throwing it RHBH, because, as you well remember, righty shots USED to be ones that go from left to right!

My RHFH is passable at best, so I have actually practiced some throwing LHBH. At first, I thought I pulled my arm out of its elbow socket, but the pain went away after a time.

I still prefer the fade shot, but if I don't have the clearance to throw from the right side, and the shot doesn't need to go more than about, say, 200 ft, I have the confidence to throw a LHBH.
Comment by Brandon Swanson on March 25, 2008 at 1:28pm
I am a rhbh player predominantly, though I throw overhands with my left...I've always been a mix of doing things with left and right. Well, I decided two years ago to develop a lhbh and it has been mixed in its results. Though I can throw a sidewinder 330 lefty (410 righty), I find it usually easier to throw an anhyzer on long left to right throws still, unless it's a really low show, then I might consider going lefty. What is most useful (and why everone should throw lefty a little) is the shots from 200 ft and in (or even 100 and in) with my putter or rock where I need to go up and over something with a really precise landing. Forehand is not as controllable as a backhand, period. Now having said that, I know there are players out there that can out-pinpoint me with their forehand, but as a general rule, I think it's true-- Larger muscles involved.
Comment by Geoffrey on March 25, 2008 at 8:39am
Hey all,

I love throwing left handed. I am a rhbh player, but broke my wrist and was in a cast for three months. It was either learn or quit playing. I learned, and now it is incredibly useful on many different shots. I have a pretty solid lhbh shot now for about 200 feet. Makes other players on the tee say " what the...?!" great mind game on the tee, lol
Comment by CD Player on March 24, 2008 at 5:34pm
Good call on the overall muscle tone! I think many of us do this as an excuse to exercise... "If I do more pushups I can throw farther...". I've always been sorta ambidextrous (just watch me deal cards). I played in Rock Island IL many years ago, and Dale Haake had a "trap" that you had to throw opposite handed from! I taught myself to throw lefty due to injury in the mid 1990s, and sometimes throwing opposite handed just make sense.
Comment by Bruce Brakel on March 24, 2008 at 3:28pm
A lot of disc golfers develop back problems from throwing with only one arm. Even if you never develop a tournament calibre throw, taking practice throws with your opposite arm evens out the muscles in your back. No amount of chiropractic can fix back problems caused by strong muscles from throwing with one arm and atrophied muscles from not using the other are in a similar way.

I was forced to learn lefty when I hurt my elbow, but now that i throw lefty a lot, my back problems are greatly diminished.
Comment by CD Player on March 24, 2008 at 12:47pm
Sometimes throwing with the other hand is all you need... you might learn something! Maybe that opposite handed flight will not only get you the lie or skip you need, but keep you away from trouble.

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