You don’t have to search hard to find a list of left handed athletes who have dominated their playing fields. Raphael Nadal. Phil Mickelson. Babe Ruth. Steve Young. Marvin Johnson. Pelé. And Clayton Kershaw, to name a few.
It is often said that Southpaw athletes seem to have the advantage, but is this really true? I think you know the answer. ‘Leftie advantage’ really shines through with sports that require quick reactions and the ability to visualize with the mind's eye. Here’s an example. Athletes who pitch a ball from a left angle or throw a punch in a lefty style, will really catch their opponents off guard and give them less time to react. This advantage is so widely known in cricket, in fact, that right-handed cricketers are actually urged to train with their left!
In tennis, players often try to hit the ball to their opponent’s weaker backhand. But in the case of a lefty, using this move against them will go straight to their strong forehand and now who has the advantage? Psychologically, right-handers may simply have a disadvantage just knowing that their opponent is left-handed and may surprise them at any time.
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