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the eric update - day 1335: on handedness and hockey.

i'm left handed but i "shoot right" which means my right hand is lower on the stick and my left hand is on the top. i'm fairly certain when i was younger that i was generally considered to be "backwards" - that right handers should "shoot right" and left handers should "shoot left" ( as with most sports, i was taught by right-handers and played with whatever right-handed sticks happened to be around ).

so, it was interesting to me to see that when odin picks up a stick he naturally wants to "shoot left" which made me think he might be left-handed. but odin's coaches said that over the years, the theories have changed and now it's completely opposite - right handers should "shoot left" and left handers should "shoot right":

"Way too many players are right-handed. Too many people are not being taught the very basic idea that the top hand provides all of the control and touch, so it should be your dominant hand. I have a whole team full of righties who can all shoot hard, but can't hit the net, catch a pass, or handle the puck."
"shooting left" seems to be working for odin, since he already has astounding accuracy at quite a distance from the goal!

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2/16/2008 12:48:00 PM 0 comments


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