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I am naturally left-handed.  The only thing I do right-handed is golf.  I think my dad read that Ben Hogan was left-handed so he decided to have me play from the right.  I have always been an exceptionally mediocre putter bordering on the truly awful.   This weekend I played with  a guy who was naturally right handed  but had switched to left handed for putting.  Definitely putted better than I did.  I dug out an old left handed putter (given to me by a pro who had switched to left-handed) and I do putt better with it, at least on carpet.  The target looks weird, but If I use an alignment line and stick with that I should be ok.  I've always had a strange stroke right handed where the putter goes immediately to the outside and loops back to the inside for the downstroke.  I notice that when putting left-handed, the putter goes straight back or a little to the inside.  

Has anyone else made this transition?  How did it go.  How long did it take to get comfortable.  Have you putted well in competition?


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A couple decent threads exist on this topic throughout the years in the forum. Here's one:

https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/19556-putting-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-ball/


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My brother-in-law was a natural lefty but played sports righty. His baseball and basketball skills were all RH based...until he took up golf. He was such a head case that he had two sets of clubs at his CC...one RH, one LH. It got so bad at times that he would play the front 9 RH, get frustrated, and then go play the back 9 LH. It was the most messed up thing I've ever seen. He would get so excited when he would score really well and think he was all done with the switching around...and then fire a really bad round and he would go back to tinkering. Eight years later, he has settled on playing LH but putting RH. But hey, if it works for you, go for it. 

I'm a lefty and sometimes life forces me to putt RH, like when I'm at a golf shop and they have the latest putters but only in RH. I guess I'll test this new putter from the other side!! 

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I've played with a few people that putted from the other side from their normal play.  I guess it was because they were naturally left handed, but learned to play right handed due to non-availability of clubs for left handers at the time they started playing.

 

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We had a pro at the first course I played when learning the game.  He was right-handed but putted left-handed.  Did pretty well, won the Washington State amateur just out of high school.

I'm right-handed and was a terrible putter when I started playing.  I actually could putt better left-handed from 5 feet and in, but lacked coordination for longer putts.  If I were younger, I would think about switching to playing left-handed.  The SuperSpeed testing showed me that I have a smoother and faster swing left-handed, but this old dog isn't learning any new tricks anytime soon.

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I’m a life-long everything righty who plays-right handed. I putt left-handed with a right-handed grip. Happened by accident when I lost my putter. Long story short, my playing partner was a leftie and my only option was edge of an iron or use his. Felt like I had better control, especially on distance. Spent time trying both sides after and found I was clearly better leftie with the right grip, have never looked back. Not sure I even could putt right handed anymore?!?!

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On 7/27/2020 at 8:44 PM, Kenny B said:

We had a pro at the first course I played when learning the game.  He was right-handed but putted left-handed.  Did pretty well, won the Washington State amateur just out of high school.

I'm right-handed and was a terrible putter when I started playing.  I actually could putt better left-handed from 5 feet and in, but lacked coordination for longer putts.  If I were younger, I would think about switching to playing left-handed.  The SuperSpeed testing showed me that I have a smoother and faster swing left-handed, but this old dog isn't learning any new tricks anytime soon.

I have the same thing with 5 feet and in. Can hit it left handed with the back of the blade with my right handed putter and it goes in every time.

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2 hours ago, dlow206 said:

I have the same thing with 5 feet and in. Can hit it left handed with the back of the blade with my right handed putter and it goes in every time.

For me I think a lot of it had to do with being right eye dominant.  I suppose with a lot of practice, I could get to a point where I could control longer putts left-handed.  However, about 6 years or so ago I started putting looking at the hole, so I took my eyes out of the putting stroke.  Now I putt much better... as long as I read the greens and line up the ball and putter head correctly.  


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1 minute ago, Kenny B said:

For me I think a lot of it had to do with being right eye dominant.  I suppose with a lot of practice, I could get to a point where I could control longer putts left-handed.  However, about 6 years or so ago I started putting looking at the hole, so I took my eyes out of the putting stroke.  Now I putt much better... as long as I read the greens and line up the ball and putter head correctly.  

I actually had a similar thought. At first, i thought it was just me caring less about the putt when hitting them left handed. But I have executed it too many times for it to be just that. 

I find that I am very right eye dominant as well. I feel like the majority of my short putt misses right handed are not due to mis-stroke, more with putting the ball where my eye thinks the line is.

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I'm a lefty but at one point tried to putt right handed.  It worked for a very short period of time, but it just felt unnatural to me so I went back to doing everything left handed.  Yep, still stink at putting though😄😅🤣

 

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I play right and putted left handed for about 2 years.  I really wanted to putt using a line on the ball.   Looking over the ball putting right hand the line pointed left of the target.  No matter where I moved the ball position or my head it never helped.  When looking at the line putting left handed the line looked like it was pointing looking at the hole.  It did not take long to get the feel for short putts but distance control took some time to get a feel for.  My grip putting either side is exactly the same, right hand lower with a reverse overlap grip.  This year I am back to putting right handed without using the line on the ball because my left hand stroke always felt a bit mechanical.  Arccos has shown that my putting right and left hand are about the same.  According to Arccos it is the strongest part of my game and they rate it about scratch.  In the past I always thought I was not a good putter so it is good to have the validation from the app.  After the validation I did start to putt better... 


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I’ve continued my streak of making all my short putts left handed with the back of the blade of my putter. Its too many makes now for it to just be that im relaxed and not caring about the putt.

not going to start putting left handed now but i think its an eye dominance thing so i meed to work on a position where i can thee line correctly right handedo

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20 minutes ago, dlow206 said:

I’ve continued my streak of making all my short putts left handed with the back of the blade of my putter. Its too many makes now for it to just be that im relaxed and not caring about the putt.

not going to start putting left handed now but i think its an eye dominance thing so i meed to work on a position where i can thee line correctly right handedo

I had the same problem when I was putting poorly.  There is no one correct way to putt, but there is probably one way that fits a person better than other ways.  Everyone needs to find the way where they see the line and the ball going in the hole.

Before I started looking at the hole when making the stroke, I found that the Jack Nicklaus open stance at address helped me see the line better when over the ball, and I putted better using that stance.  When I started looking at the hole instead of the ball when making the stroke, I had to go back to setting up square to my intended line.  I did that because I could judge speed better.  Find what works best for you.


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35 minutes ago, Kenny B said:

I had the same problem when I was putting poorly.  There is no one correct way to putt, but there is probably one way that fits a person better than other ways.  Everyone needs to find the way where they see the line and the ball going in the hole.

Before I started looking at the hole when making the stroke, I found that the Jack Nicklaus open stance at address helped me see the line better when over the ball, and I putted better using that stance.  When I started looking at the hole instead of the ball when making the stroke, I had to go back to setting up square to my intended line.  I did that because I could judge speed better.  Find what works best for you.

I was experimenting at home with lining up a putt and then using a ruler to verify if what i am seeing matches with the actual straight line. If I stand with my normal putting stance, the ball and putter look like they are aimed too far right when they are in fact lined up properly. If i stand a bit farther away from the ball, the line i see is correct. Don't know how standing farther away will transfer over to actual putting yet.

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4 hours ago, dlow206 said:

I was experimenting at home with lining up a putt and then using a ruler to verify if what i am seeing matches with the actual straight line. If I stand with my normal putting stance, the ball and putter look like they are aimed too far right when they are in fact lined up properly. If i stand a bit farther away from the ball, the line i see is correct. Don't know how standing farther away will transfer over to actual putting yet.

I should have posted the Malaska video here instead of the the other putter thread... oh well.

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When I started playing golf in high school, my grandfather insisted that I play right handed, in spite of doing everything sports and life related, left handed. I dug in and convinced him that I should putt left handed. I am very left eye dominant. Fast forward 25 years and my short putting was so bad that after a marathon golf trip, I switched. It took about six months to get comfortable and for about two and a half years, it was adequate, not great. I averaged about 33-34 putts a round. It kept me around a 6. This spring, after a particularly terrible round including six, 3 putts, I went back to putting left handed. While I have had a few days where the ball just won’t go in the hole, my putt average has dropped to 30 putts and two weeks ago I had a round that was 13 putts on the back nine, including 4 birdies. Needless to say, I’m not looking to go back right handed any time soon. 3 putts are almost non existent now and even though I don’t make everything, overall it’s a positive switch. I would encourage a putting lesson to get ball position and set up correct for yourself, to be sure it makes sense.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I'm in the opposite boat. Right handed, golf left, got tired of the lack of left handed options, and noticed that my distance control seemed better right handed. I got an old off brand 8802 right handed putter recently that has found it's way into my bag, and as much as I love my o-works #7s I think I'm going to relegate it to the back of the closet and commit to the right handed experiment. 

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