How To Find The Best Left Handed Golf Clubs
Finding the best golf club sets (opens in new tab) for your game is hard enough and it gets even harder if you play golf left-handed. Although approximately 10 per cent of the world's population are left-handed, golf lefties are pretty rare. There are a few famous ones: there's 'Lefty' himself, Phil Mickelson, a six-time Major winner - and you have fellow Masters champions Mike Weir and Bubba Watson.
However, when you factor in that many left-handers actually play the game right-handed, it means they're aren't too many knocking around. So, what does this mean if you're one of those players who needs left-handed clubs? How do you find the best left-handed golf clubs?
Manufacturers Have Your Back... Generally
Mickelson and co don't struggle to get golf clubs (opens in new tab) - and neither will you. If there's one downside to being a lefty, it's that retailers tend not to have so many left-handed clubs - there are exceptions, see below - to either try or walk out the shop with. It's not the end of the world - you'll just have to be a patient and wait a while for your order to arrive.
However, being a left-handed player can mean you have fewer options, as Terry Sims, Managing Director, Golf Retail Group, explains.
"Generally, you'll get a lower offering in hybrids and sometimes no lofted fairway woods, plus fewer choices with putter (opens in new tab) head types. It's all down to mould costs against sales, and so on. So in the best case, Ping does 100% of models in left-handed, Titleist (opens in new tab) and Callaway 95%, TaylorMade 90-95%, Srixon/Cleveland 75-80% and Mizuno 65%."
Interestingly, superstition in some parts of the world would seem to affect how much left-handed golf equipment is produced.
"I’m told it’s deemed to be bad luck to be left handed in parts of Asia," adds Sims.
"The left-handed play rate is under 1% there, so this can influence the amount they do worldwide due to less demand."
Left-Handed Stores Worth A Browse
Yes, there is such a thing. LeftHandedGolf.co.uk (opens in new tab), based at Silvermere Golf Complex in Surrey, is the UK's largest and only exclusive left-handed golf store.
Not only a hub with all the latest clubs, lefties can also access an extensive range of demo equipment - plus it has a fantastic driving range, which gives golfers the opportunity to try different models. It's well worth a visit, regardless of whether you're a left-hander.
Check The Specs
If you've got your eye on a new club, or set of clubs (opens in new tab), you just need to check whether left-handed options are available. A manufacturer will list product specs, so you know what options are available for each club.
For example, if you're keen on Ping's G425 Max driver (opens in new tab), Ping's website confirms that a left-handed model is available.
If you're buying clubs straight from the shelf, often it's simply a case - as it is with Scottsdale Golf (opens in new tab) - of clicking on the dexterity menu on the left-hand side and selecting 'Left Hand'.
Should there be no LH option, it doesn't necessarily mean that club isn't manufactured in a left-handed model, only there's no stock in - and this will often be the case, because retailers don't tend to store so many left-handed products.
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A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly.
Working with golf gear and equipment over the last five years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes.
He also loves to test golf apparel especially if it a piece that can be used just about anywhere!
As a result he has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice and tips.
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since December 2017. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.
Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well.
Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.
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