It’s no secret that golf can be a tough sport to master. With so many rules and regulations, as well as an array of techniques to learn, it’s no wonder why golf is such a challenge. And if you’re left-handed? Well, that can make it even more difficult. Despite the odds, however, left-handed golfers have been able to make a name for themselves on the green. In honor of International Left Handers Day on August 13, we’ll explore the unique and inspiring stories of some of the most successful left-handed golfers in the game. Read on to learn more!

Lefties vs. Righties: Is There Really a Difference in Golf?

Source: John Dooley PGA Golf Coaching

Left-handed versus right-handed golfers: is there truly a difference in the game? One key difference between lefties and righties in golf is the need for specialized equipment. Most golf clubs are designed for right-handed players, so left-handed golfers often must search for specific left-handed clubs. This can limit their options and make finding suitable equipment a challenge.
In terms of technique, left-handed and right-handed players may have slightly different swing patterns. Left-handed golfers typically swing from right to left, known as a fade, while right-handed players usually swing from left to right, known as a draw. This difference in swing pattern can affect how the ball travels and requires left-handed golfers to adjust their aim accordingly.
Another aspect to consider is the mental game. Left-handed golfers may face unique challenges when it comes to reading the course and strategizing their shots. Since the majority of golfers are right-handed, the course is often set up with right-handed players in mind. Left-handed golfers must learn to adapt and develop their own strategies to navigate the course effectively. Ultimately, while there may be some differences between lefties and righties in golf, the sport is ultimately about skill, dedication, and practice.
Left-handedness is relatively rare in the general population, with only about 10-15% of people being left-handed. This rarity extends to the world of golf as well.
So, why are left-handed golfers so rare? One possible reason is that golf, like many other sports, has traditionally been taught and played with a right-handed bias. This means that right-handed players dominate the sport.
The lack of left-handed role models in professional golf can also contribute to the rarity of left-handed golfers. Likewise, seeing successful left-handed players can inspire and encourage aspiring left-handed golfers to pursue the sport.


Overall, a combination of factors including societal biases, right-handed dominance, and limited representation may contribute to the rarity of left-handed golfers.

Why are Left-Handed Golfers Rare?

Source: Golf Educate

The Advantages and Challenges of Being a Left-Handed Golfer

Left-handed golfers face unique advantages and challenges on the golf course. One advantage is the element of surprise. Since the majority of golfers are right-handed, left-handed players can catch their opponents off guard with their swing and shot placement.
This can create opportunities for left-handed golfers to gain an edge and outplay their right-handed competitors. Another advantage is the ability to adapt to different course layouts. Right-handed golfers often struggle with holes that are designed with a draw in mind, as they need to swing from left to right. Left-handed golfers, on the other hand, are naturally inclined to swing from right to left, which can be advantageous on these types of holes. This versatility allows left-handed golfers to navigate various course challenges with ease. However, being left-handed also presents its own set of challenges.
As mentioned earlier, finding suitable equipment can be a struggle for left-handed golfers. Most golf clubs are designed for right-handed players, making it more difficult to find left-handed clubs. This limited selection can affect the performance and comfort of left-handed golfers on the course. Additionally, left-handed golfers may find it more challenging to learn from right-handed instructors. Mirror imaging techniques can be confusing, as the instructions are reversed. Left-handed golfers may need to seek out specialized left-handed instructors who can provide guidance and instruction tailored to their specific needs.
Despite these challenges, left-handed golfers have proven that they can excel in the sport. They bring a unique perspective and style of play to the game, inspiring others to embrace their left-handedness and pursue golf.

Bob Peavler: Santa Rosa Club Member & Notoriously Left Handed

The writer had the chance to speak with dedicated Santa Rosa Club member Bob Peavler and his thoughts on being a lefty in the world of golf.
Bob Peavler has been playing left-handed golf his entire life, including professionally, and remembers how difficult it was to find good quality equipment when he was younger. When asked which brand he enjoys most, Bob mentions he is currently using Titleist, though his driver and 3 wood are TaylorMade.
According to Bob, there are some holes on the Santa Rosa Golf Course that hold advantages for left-handed golfers – although he didn’t specify which. He finds it interesting to hear the talk of “lefty holes” or that “a hole sets up good for lefties”, but in reality it can set up better for righties depending on the type of shot they take.

“Are we playing the same course? We are. But – it sets up different.”

Moreover, when a left-handed and right-handed golfer play the same shot, the shot shape that goes into the greens can react differently. A left-handed player’s ball can hit a draw, while the right handed player can hit a fade. Although both players are hitting the ball left to right, it can set up differently depending on the type of shot they hit.