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I am a lefty and very proud of that fact. The struggle I have with the equipment environment these day(although it has gotten better in recent years) is the selection for a left handed golfer is very limited.

 

For example: Your looking for a new club putter, irons or driver what have you. Do a ton of research make a choice and when you go to buy said club come to find it's right handed only or not the loft you wanted.

 

I understand that it's a business, but it can be really frustrating to be so limited sometimes by what is available. I'm just wondering what other lefties out there think and have done to navigate this issue.

 

 

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Being a lefty myself, I understand exactly.   While things have improved, unlike right handed equipment in the shops, a lot of times, lefties must order the item.   A few years ago, Mizuno made a set advertised as game improvement clubs.  I went to the Mizuno web site and inquired where I could purchase them in a left handed model.   They responded that they did not make a left handed model because there was not enough demand to make the "retooling" required economically feasible.   While I didn't like their respond, I did respect their honesty.  When I say I didn't like their response, it was more disappointment.  Their response was a genuine response to me (it wasn't boilerplate), and they did suggest a possible configuration of another set that might meet my needs. 

 

But it is not all bad news.  The lack of availability means that most likely I am not going to put out money on a club sitting in a shop rack and then find that it doesn't suit me.  Since I must order the equipment, I might as well get fitted before ordering.  You might say, it can prevent some impulse buying.   Also, by the time some items are available in a left handed model, the price has been reduced because new models are coming out.

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It's getting better and worse three years ago. Almost everything cobra made came left handed now less than half does. This is my fifth season playing lefty and was a bit of a shock.

 

Callaway big bertha adilia rogue stiff with 1" tip

cobra f7 3 wood stiff

m2 3 hybrid adilia rogue stiff with half inch tip

Ping ie1 true temper xp 105 s300

mack daddy 2 56 and 60 wedges

stx putter

left handed

Handicap: my swing.

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It's getting better and worse three years ago. Almost everything cobra made came left handed now less than half does. This is my fifth season playing lefty and was a bit of a shock.

 

Callaway big bertha adilia rogue stiff with 1" tip

cobra f7 3 wood stiff

m2 3 hybrid adilia rogue stiff with half inch tip

Ping ie1 true temper xp 105 s300

mack daddy 2 56 and 60 wedges

stx putter

left handed

Handicap: my swing.

It may sound funny but I have resorted to eBay and custom makers like Mann crafted or if you have the money Tyson lamb. Still frustrating not being able to get the same products as the righties in my playing group.

 

 

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I've had no problem finding good clubs but it's still annoying. I pay the same money

 

Callaway big bertha adilia rogue stiff with 1" tip

cobra f7 3 wood stiff

m2 3 hybrid adilia rogue stiff with half inch tip

Ping ie1 true temper xp 105 s300

mack daddy 2 56 and 60 wedges

stx putter

left handed

Handicap: my swing.

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I've never really had a problem finding lefty items online, as far as irons, drivers, wedges go. The one thing that sucks is putters. Whether it be online or in store, the selection is always limited when it comes to lefties. Usually when I want to test a new putter, I have to hit a righty and see how it feels that way.

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I've never really had a problem finding lefty items online, as far as irons, drivers, wedges go. The one thing that sucks is putters. Whether it be online or in store, the selection is always limited when it comes to lefties. Usually when I want to test a new putter, I have to hit a righty and see how it feels that way.

Drivers for what ever reason are really easy. Irons are not as bad but the selection narrows like wedges. I have to agree with you on putters though I have had the same putter for 17 years! I would love to try something different but what fits my eye is really hard to find.

 

 

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Drivers for what ever reason are really easy. Irons are not as bad but the selection narrows like wedges. I have to agree with you on putters though I have had the same putter for 17 years! I would love to try something different but what fits my eye is really hard to find.

 

 

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That's a long time to keep a putter, but as long as it works. I'm 6'6" too, so I had to custom order my putter an extra inch and a half. Lefty and tall. Makes it difficult sometimes haha.

 

What putter are you using?

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My frustration as a lefty is trying clubs either at our club or at GG. Recently when I went to buy new hybrids there was only a limited selection. I understand we are only 10 percent of the population but we still have cash.

 

Oh and don't get me started on glove selection.

 

 

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That's a long time to keep a putter, but as long as it works. I'm 6'6" too, so I had to custom order my putter an extra inch and a half. Lefty and tall. Makes it difficult sometimes haha.

 

What putter are you using?

This may sound sad but I'm still rocking a duel force 550 that I think I paid like $60 for back in the late 90's. I really like the Newport 2.5 but the newer models don't come in lefty and eBay is really hit or miss.

 

 

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My frustration as a lefty is trying clubs either at our club or at GG. Recently when I went to buy new hybrids there was only a limited selection. I understand we are only 10 percent of the population but we still have cash.

 

Oh and don't get me started on glove selection.

 

 

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I totally feel you on the gloves. I have moved away from using a glove because of that fact. The only reason I was able to do that was because of Winn grips. They are the so sticky and comfortable that they're the only grips I have used for a long time.

 

What hybrids are you using? I have considered a couple different brands as well as driving irons, but I'm still on the fence.

 

 

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It depends on the equipment you want, I used to play Mizzy MP68, when I went to get some with alittle more forgiveness jpx825 or 850 pro model of course they didn't make them, so I switched, right now I have XR pro irons, but eventuallly I want to get some Apex Cf16 pros. Buying gloves sucks because you want to buy the nice ones but of course they don't make them, so you settle for the mediocre, all of the top brands make wedges so that usually isn't the problem, putters, good luck finding the one you really want to try, you probably can't find it to try. So do you throw down 300 for a putter, nope you find that 100 ping and try that one and hope it works. I try to find a manufacturer that carries lefty stuff and stick with them when I look. Right now I like the Cally equip, but Titleist makes a lot of lefty, Ping also has lots, the problem is finding stuff that is carried in the stores so you can try it. Sometimes it sucks other times it's nice because you go to spend money and they don't have what you wanted so you don't buy anything.

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I am a lefty and very proud of that fact. The struggle I have with the equipment environment these day(although it has gotten better in recent years) is the selection for a left handed golfer is very limited.

 

For example: Your looking for a new club putter, irons or driver what have you. Do a ton of research make a choice and when you go to buy said club come to find it's right handed only or not the loft you wanted.

 

I understand that it's a business, but it can be really frustrating to be so limited sometimes by what is available. I'm just wondering what other lefties out there think and have done to navigate this issue.

 

 

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I feel your pain. I went to a Mizuno demo day today for the expressed purpose of hitting their irons. The Mizuno rep had bailed and the range only had their standard fitting cart. Guess what, no left heads to try. Frustrating to say the least. Am I surprised? No. Its just a fact of business that manufacturers cater to the larger market share which In this case is the right handed segment. Cleveland /Srixon was there as well and I was able to hit their clubs as they had Lefty models, but his set was also incomplete on the Lefty side. Why not have the full line instead of piece meal clubs?  In the end, the Srixons didn't wow me enough for me to consider them (it could be a swing issue though as I didn't hit balls very well during my league this evening too).

 

 

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It depends on the equipment you want, I used to play Mizzy MP68, when I went to get some with alittle more forgiveness jpx825 or 850 pro model of course they didn't make them, so I switched, right now I have XR pro irons, but eventuallly I want to get some Apex Cf16 pros. Buying gloves sucks because you want to buy the nice ones but of course they don't make them, so you settle for the mediocre, all of the top brands make wedges so that usually isn't the problem, putters, good luck finding the one you really want to try, you probably can't find it to try. So do you throw down 300 for a putter, nope you find that 100 ping and try that one and hope it works. I try to find a manufacturer that carries lefty stuff and stick with them when I look. Right now I like the Cally equip, but Titleist makes a lot of lefty, Ping also has lots, the problem is finding stuff that is carried in the stores so you can try it. Sometimes it sucks other times it's nice because you go to spend money and they don't have what you wanted so you don't buy anything.

Putters......... they are so hard to find it is very frustrating. Callaway does some amazing things but I feel that's only because of Phil. Who is is amazing, but they don't appeal to me all that much. Which in a sense is like an oxymoron because they are owned by Callaway. I have started looking at taylormade again but it is just so hard to drop that much coin on anything these days.

 

 

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I feel your pain. I went to a Mizuno demo day today for the expressed purpose of hiring their irons. The two had nailed and the range only had their standard fitting car t. Guess what, no left heads to try. Frustrating to say the least. Am I surprised? No. Its just a fact of business that manufacturers cater to the larger market share which In this case is the right handed segment. Cleveland /Srixon was there as well and I was able to hit their clubs as they had Lefty models, but his set was also incomplete on the Lefty side. Why not have the full line instead of piece meal clubs?

 

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Pick and choose they do. It is really hard to find a complete set from anyone. I hope that will change one day.

 

 

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Putters......... they are so hard to find it is very frustrating. Callaway does some amazing things but I feel that's only because of Phil. Who is is amazing, but they don't appeal to me all that much. Which in a sense is like an oxymoron because they are owned by Callaway. I have started looking at taylormade again but it is just so hard to drop that much coin on anything these days.

 

 

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Everything is getting more expensive :(  I think Ping, Callaway, Taylormade and Titleist have the most complete lefty sets (ie drivers, irons, putters and wedges).  I missed the local Ping demo day a few weeks ago and the driving range fitter told me that they have new stuff coming out so I should wait.  Well, we'll see...

 

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Putters......... they are so hard to find it is very frustrating. Callaway does some amazing things but I feel that's only because of Phil. Who is is amazing, but they don't appeal to me all that much. Which in a sense is like an oxymoron because they are owned by Callaway. I have started looking at taylormade again but it is just so hard to drop that much coin on anything these days.

 

 

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For putters I look at the bay or just putt what they have at the store. I don't care for TM clubs much they changed the driver a few years back and turn them to crap, and I've never cared for their irons.

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We should change this thread to "lefties only".

Or "For People In Their Right Mind"

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Also a suffering lefty. Went to check out new irons at one of the largest golf shops in the area last week. They were loaded with equipment but really nothing for me too look at. I understand what they r saying that when they have some LH items they don't move.

They did have quite a few 7 iron heads that r interchangeable for fitting.

 

 

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