Left-handed golfers are few and far between and at times it may seem like a right-hander's world out there.
Ted Potter gave new hope to lefties recently when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, however, only four left-handed golfers have won majors — two of whom are actually right-handed, Golfshake reported.
Considering that more than 15 percent of the world’s population is left-handed, it is surprising that not more have become golf champs.
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You may not be on the path to becoming the next world champ, but honing your skills with these golfing tips can dramatically improve your game as a left-hander:
1. The correct gear —Finding left-handed golf equipment can be tough and it can be tempting to settle for right-handed golf clubs. However, there is a notable difference between the two, according to the 3Balls blog. It pays to do a bit of searching to find the correct gear.
2. Strengthen your grip — Left-handed golfers tend to have a weaker grip, which can dramatically impact their game, Golfer FX reported. Working to improve and strengthen your grip will translate into the perfect swing. So, next time you hold your club, focus on gripping it firmly with your palm.
3. Keep your head down — This applies to all golfers but many new players make the mistake of lifting their heads during the course of the full swing, GolfSwingAnswers.com reported.
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4. Fully rotate your body and hips — It is a common mistake for golfers to not fully rotate their body and hips as they come through the ball during their swing, but left-handed players need to pay particular attention to rotating the upper body to the right for a powerful swing, BBGolfer.com noted.
5. Finish the swing with your left hand — The power of your dominant hand combined with your dominant side are needed to drive through the ball, which is why left-handed players need to focus on leading with the right hand and finishing with the left hand, according to BBGolfer.com.
6. Finish the swing with a full follow — If you are ending your swing flat-footed or on the heels, it means you have not reached the maximum power by full rotation of your hips. Left-handed golfers must conclude swings with a complete follow through to avoid this, GolfSwingAnswers.com reported.
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