Feb 01 2008, 01:42 AM
How has anyone been while being injured and switching hands for all of your throws? Did you find it difficult to replicate each shot (fore, side, tommy, thumby, putt)? After you healed did anyone keep those shots in your bag?
What are your suggestions?
Feb 01 2008, 03:08 AM
I injured my elbow in the fall of 2004. For most of a year I played left handed. I even played tournaments left handed. I played like a junior girl left handed. It was brutal. I had to keep playing to teach my juniors an important life lesson.
I found it pretty easy to throw a lefty back hand hyzer. I could only throw about two hundred feet at first. Forehand, forget it. I never got the hang of it. Putting was pretty bad too.
My right elbow is pretty good now but I still throw lefty for lefty holes. Wednesday, with God and Mark Ellis as my witnesses, I took about five or six lefty drives in best shot doubles. We used three of them. One was parked for birdie.
My partner was Mark Ellis, the grandmaster demi-god of forehand. To take any of my lefty throws with him throwing forehand is amazing.
This is my suggestion. Keep playing. Don't be a wussy quitter. When your go-to arm heals, having both arms in the game will be a huge asset. Also, when you throw with both arms you balance out a lot of muscles in the back and have fewer back problems.
Go easy at first. Your off-arm is all noodly from years of neglect.
Feb 01 2008, 03:27 AM
Tendons in the wrist will complain, tell them to hush.
Feb 01 2008, 12:38 PM
I have to agree with krazyeye.. i started playin left handed last week and if you try to throw as hard as you can it will hurt the tendons for several seconds
Feb 01 2008, 03:48 PM
Don't know the story all that well but.... Leon Gillard is right handed. He first started playing disc golf while he had a bad injury on his right arm so he played left handed. His backhand is left handed. His forehand and thumber are right.
Feb 01 2008, 10:11 PM
the key is to keep playing. like bruce said, it is tough in the beginning but if you keep at it, its a great weapon! i broke my throwing hand when i first began 02/03 and learned to throw lefty. i still use it for lefty hyzer shots. im getting to be able to trust it in the woods and for low ceiling shots. for the most part i just use it for open lefty hyzers up to 320. i actually feel more natural throwing lefty
Feb 09 2008, 11:55 AM
I got tendonitis in my throwing elbow in 2002 but kept throwing until I could no longer pickup a 2 quart milk carton. All the other injuries went away over time but tennis elbow didn't. I had thrown left handed in the mid 90s for a week or so with some fair results. So in 2002 I started throwing left handed again. I played mostly left handed until July 2006. You can check my ratings (13833). I no longer use left handed shots mainly because I don't spend time practicing them.
I got to where I could throw just about any throw left handed: back hand and side arm - drives, up shots, and putts, also turbo putts, thumbers, and rollers. It was like learning to play all over again--very frustrating at times and rewarding others. The hardest for me was putting and getting the "touch" for distance on upshots.
A few points that might help: (1) If your left arm is weak (like mine) try using 150g discs. I got up to about 250 ft on normal drives. (2) To learn a shot left handed, put the disc in your right hand and go through the shot in slow motion. Immediately put the disc in your left hand and do the same motions. You may have to do this several times before you throw. (3) I found my accuracy on drives was better by just standing in one place to throw (no run up). On open holes I might run up for more distance. (4) Inititally I played as though par for each hole was 4.
At tournaments I didn't worry about coming in last as long as I beat somebody or took the tee box. I cashed one time and another I was put in the lady's group for 3 rounds. It's better than staying home and watching TV.
Feb 11 2008, 12:50 PM
I'm naturally ambidextrous...but I've been playing for 3 years, and have only played both arms for a 1.5 years. To make it work better from the start, I broke down my technique for my right arm, and applied it to my left. The hardest part was getting the footwork down, as that is key in timing. I get freakishly more power when I get a good rip with my left arm. But accuracy is tough, i'm still figuring it out. I'm just happy I learned now, so that I have it for life. Its a more consistant throw than a sidearm for me. I've had people that are just in awe when they see a good throw...it boggles their mind that I can have throws from my left arm that are as good as my right arm throws
Feb 11 2008, 03:37 PM
i actually feel more natural throwing lefty
This is somnething I've noticed: when I throw righty I throw consciously, intentionally. When I throw lefty
i throw naturally, thoughtlessly. My brain does not connect to my left arm the way it connects to my right arm. Dr. Shive could probably explain this.