Will Throwing Ambidextrous Hurt My Game?

Left shotsAs you may know I am on that southpaw style lately. I am very happy and surprised with how quickly I learned to throw left handed backhand. I just measured a power hyzer shot at 290.  As I have worked on it and worked on it I feel more and more comfortable throwing with my left arm and can’t wait to see how it positively affects my game.

The one thing that I have found that is difficult to get is incorporating a run up into the throw. I can throw just as far or farther with a stand still shot and keep my accuracy. This is basically true for many beginners. I suggest taking it one step at a time and using Dan Beto’s method of practice that you can find here.

How will it Affect my Normal Arm

Learning to throw ambidextrous should not be detrimental to your normal arm at all. In fact it should help your form. Your brain will be working on going back to the basics to teach yourself how to throw with your non-dominant arm. Your brain can then transfer this information to your dominant arm, especially if you practice the same way for both arms.

It works the other way as well. Since you already have a run up and x-step figured out for your dominant arm, you should be able to use that information to teach your non-dominant arm how to incorporate the x-step.

Is it Really that Beneficial?

It all depends. How is your side arm? Are you comfortable throwing side arm? Do you believe it is fine to throw side arm repetitively? I have already posted about my thoughts on side arm throws over years of repetition. I think people that do not develop overuse injuries are the exception and not the norm.

Young people feel so normal throwing sidearm it is hard for them to understand that it might not always be that way. Developing an ambidextrous throw early can help you as you age to be able to stay a consistent golfer. I know of many side arm players you have been on the brink of playing pro only to take many steps back when their elbow gives out.

While the side arm is good to have in the bag it should not be used for max distance over and over again for years as I stated in this post. In that sense learning to throw ambidextrous is that beneficial.

It’s just too Hard, I’m not doing it

That is exactly how I felt when I first tried. However while I was lamed up from surgery I got so bored I gave it a shot for the heck of it. It only took two sessions until I was hooked. It felt so good just to be throwing discs again I didn’t care what arm I was using.

When practicing in a field, throw your discs one way with your dominant hand and then throw them back with your other hand. Remember to start with a stand still reach back and rip, this will build confidence because that x-step with your opposite hand can get discouraging.

Another tip is to throw understable discs on hyzer. It is much easier to throw with a lot of hyzer than it is to throw flat. If you try to throw flat you are almost guaranteed to have a ton of off axis torque (OAT) and turn the disc over. Throw slower understable discs on hyzer to build your confidence.