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Left-Handed Golf

Welcome to the Anything Left Handed golf page with lots of information about the sport, links to help your game, recommended suppliers for equipment and much more.


  Background on golf
Where to buy golf equipment
Junior Golf
Ladies Golf
Left handed golf instruction
The Simple Golf Swing
Famous left handed golf professionals

Background on left handed golf

Although 10-15% of the world's population are left-handed, there are far lower percentage of left-handed golfers than that. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • Many left-handers seem to play golf right-handed, which for many of them seems more natural as they are leading with their left side, left eye and turning anti-clockwise (why do right-handers play that way as well?)
  • Until recently it was difficult to get hold of left-handed golf clubs so lefties just made do with what was available
  • Most instructors and instruction materials are right-handed and that seems to be the “correct” way to play.

Which way you play golf can have more to do with your eyes than your hands and a lot of famous left-handed golf players are actually right-handed in everything else they do. Two good examples are Mike Weir who won the US Masters in 2003 and Phil Mickelson who has had three Masters wins. One trick is to look down at a ball and see which way you visualise it leaving your body – that will tell you which side of the ball to stand.

Where to buy left handed golf equipment

Left handed golf clubsFinding left handed golf equipment can be a hard task as most retailers stock a wide range for the right hander but only a limited amount of choice available for the left hander. Overall, around 25% of all golf clubs are made with a left-handed option, though even then there will often be a restricted range of lofts and flexes available in the left-handed model and most retail golf outlets will not actually stock many so they will often be a special order.

The online golf sites do not usually have separate products pages for their left-handed items and they tend to be the right handed versions with a right-handed image but a drop-down on the product detail page for choosing the left-handed version.   This make make it a slow job trying to see lists of the golf clubs that are available left-handed so we have researched all the best golf sites and dug deep to find their left-handed clubs and given you links direct to them.


Junior Left-Handed Golf

There are a lot of brands of specialist junior golf equipment and a lot of the manufacturers do make their clubs left-handed as well. Good quality junior clubs have lighter heads and more flexible shafts than an adult club as well as being smaller, with a range of sizes covering different ages and player heights.

Ladies Left-Handed Golf

Ladies clubs are available from most manufacturers but the range is smaller than for men's and a lot smaller if you want ladies left-handed clubs.   We have researched the main online golf stores and created lists of their clubs and links to their left-handed ladies clubs sections to make it easier for you to find what you want.

Left Handed Golf Instruction

Are you finding it difficulty when learning to play golf from either a right handed teacher or an instructional book targeted at right handers? This has been a issue mentioned by many of our Left-Handers Club members. It can be difficult to learn like this as the left hander has to reverse or mirror the information which can lead to confusion and a poor understanding.

We recommend the book by Steve Anderson, the top professional coach and author of the best selling left handed tutorial book ‘On the other hand', though it has been out of print for a while and can be expensive.   We have put links below to all the other books on left handed golf that we could find.   If you know of any more, please add details as a comment.

United Kingdom sources for Left Handed golf clubs
United States sources for Left Handed golf clubs

The Simple Golf Swing

For a different approach to golf success using The Simple Golf Swing, have a look at David Nevogt's book and other training materials. He guarantees to reduce your score for an average round by at least SEVEN strokes within a few weeks. He has even produced a special version of his manuals for left-handed golfers.   Keith has been using this method for several years and dropped from a 23 handicap to 14 (with a bit of practice as well, but it certainly helped a lot).

Click here to find out more about The Simple Golf Swing

You can get a FREE extract from the book covering the setup for a good swing as well as other free advice and training materials.

Famous left handed golfers

It is very rare for left-handed golfers to reach the top levels of the game. Only four left-handed players have ever won Major Championships and 5 of the 7 Major wins by left-handed golfers have been at The Masters in Augusta.

Year Player Nationality Tournament Course
1963 Bob Charles New Zealand British Open Championship Royal Lytham & St Annes
2003 Mike Weir * Canada The Masters Augusta National
2004 Phil Mickelson * USA The Masters Augusta National
2005 Phil Mickelson USA US PGA Championship Baltusrol
2006 Phil Mickelson USA The Masters Augusta National
2010 Phil Mickelson USA The Masters Augusta National
2012 Bubba Watson USA The Masters Augusta National
2013 Phil Mickelson USA British Open Muirfield

* Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir are both natural right-handers who play golf left-handed.   This works both ways and a lot of natural left-handed play golf right-handed as the left arm and left eye left lead seems more natural, e.g. well-known successful professionals such as Nick Price, Johnny Miller, Curtis Strange, Greg Norman and Len Mattiace, who lost out to Weir at the 2012 Masters.   For the purpose of this page, we will stick with people who play golf left-handed!

Mike Weir is one of six left-handed players currently on The Tour, but a record four of them took part in the 2005 US Masters (the others were Phil Mickelson, Steve Flesch, Russ Cochran, Kevin Wentworth and Australian Greg Chalmers).

Top left-handed lady golfers are still very rare though and there are none currently on the LPGA Tour.

Name Country Background Links
O'Hern, Nick Australia Nick O'Hern started playing golf at the age of nine after following his father's example. His first big victory was in 1997 where he came 5th in the Australian Open. He went on to miss out on the second stage of US Qualifying School in 1998 but came through European Tour Qualifying School at first attempt.  
Weir , Mike Canada Mike Weir excelled himself becoming the first left-handed golfer to win the US Masters. He was born on May 12, 1970 and grew up loving Hockey. He quickly changed his interest moving on to Golf. At the age of 11 he could be found hitting balls in to the lake near his home. After turning Pro there was no stopping him coming very high in everything he enters. Site
Charles, Bob New Zealand Bob Charles was born in the small town of Carterton on March 14, 1936. Both of his parents were keen and talented golfers, but at school he only played rugby and cricket. Bob played in his first golf competition at the age of 16, he did very well but was beaten in the final. However at the age of just 18 he won the New Zealand open without ever having any professional lessons. After this he went on to win the prestigious British Open in 1963.
Find out about Bob's golf training video
Mickelson, Phil USA Phil Mickelson was born to be a golfer. At the age of 1 1/2 he had his own home-made cut down golf club. At the age of three he tried to run away because he was not allowed to go and play golf with his dad. His will to play golf led him to a phenomenal junior career and Phil has now won countless trophies. Other than 1999, the year his daughter was born, Mickelson has captured at least one victory on the PGA Tour in every full season as a professional. He has won the US Masters at Augusta three times, in 2004. 2006 and 2010 and won the British Open at Muirfield in 2013. Site
Hogan, Ben USA   Site
Watson, Gerry “Bubba” USA Watson is one of the longest hitters to ever play the game. He has the longest tee shot, 422 yards, ever recorded on the Nationwide Tour. At the 2010 PGA Championship, by his own calculations, he hit a drive of about 445 yards! A PGA Tour regular since 2006, Watson claimed his first victory at the 2010 Travelers Championship. He won twice in 2011, the Farmers Insurance Open and Zurich Classic of New Orleans and made his best win yet at The Masters in Augusta in 2012.  
Wentworth, Kevin USA Kevin Wentworth didn’t spend all of his time playing golf when he was at high school. In fact it was just one of the three sports that he liked to play (Basketball, Football and Golf). When playing during one summer he won the California State Junior Championships. He went on to play in some national tournaments and did quite well. A few years later he went to Oklahoma State and he has kept on winning ever since.  
Cochran, Russ USA Russ is a member of the very exclusive club of left-handed PGA Tour winners with his 1991 Centel Western Open title. The Kentuckian has been up and down on the PGA Tour, riding his ability to make birdies when his putter is cooperative. Cochran was the Kentucky High School champion in 1975.  
Chalmers, Greg Australia    
Flesch, Steve   Steve Flesch has won four times on the PGA Tour, from the 2003 HP Classic of New Orleans to the 2007 Turning Stone Resort Championship. Flesch was over 30 years old when he first joined the PGA Tour in 1998, having played for several years on the Asian Tour and the Nationwide Tour. His victory at the 2004 Bank of America Colonial made Steve Flesch only the fourth multiple winner on the PGA Tour playing left-handed.  
Bryant,Bonny  USA American professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour. She is the only player in LPGA Tour history to win a tournament playing left-handed. Her win came at the 1974 Bill Branch LPGA Classic in Fort Myers, Florida. She scored a 7 under-par, 209 to claim the $5,700 first prize.  Wikipedia
Axley, Eric      
Wilkinson, Tim      
Gane, Chris UK    

If you have any more information about these people or have any other successful left-handed golfers that you would like us to include on our list, please let us know.

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11 comments on “Left-Handed Golf
  1. Raymond Kendal Atkinson says:

    I have an original Bob Charles Putter . It is centre shaft and made of brass about 1963 by Allanbrook who were golf club manufacturers in Christchurch NZ. It also has a fluted shaft which is somewhat unique. I have used it only rarely recently but it was good to me originally when playing at the highest level in NZ. It is sitting in my wardrobe at the mo so if anyone is interested in purchasing it as a collectors item let me know.I have not seen another one during my 65yrs in the game so it would be quite unique.

  2. Locode says:

    It’s really not at all difficult for a left handed golfer to use “regular” instruction books. By simply switching right for left, and understanding that a hook for a left hander goes the same direction (left to right) as a slice for a right hander (and vice versa), any instruction book is easily understood. Holding the pictures up to a mirror will help in seeing the shots as if the player was a left hander.

  3. Locode says:

    Ted Potter Jr is a left handed golfer who won his first PGA tournament in 2012 at the Greenbrier Classic.

    Ernie Gonzalez is another left hander who has won on the PGA Tour. He won the 1986 Pensacola Open, becoming the first lefty to win on tour since Bob Charles in 1974.

    Vic Wilk is a lefty who won an event on the Nike Tour in 1993. He won the NIKE Knoxville Open. He is currently a top instructor.

    Mac O’Grady was a right handed tour professional who won twice on the PGA Tour, the 1986 Canon Sammy Davis Jr Greater Hartford Open, and the 1987 MONY Tournament of Champions. Mac is ambidextrous, and played to a scratch handicap left handed. “O’Grady once tried to enter the Chrysler Team Championship as both halves of the same team. He would have played one ball left-handed and the other right-handed.” Source Wikipedia. Mac is also a top instructor.

    While Phil Mickelson has more major wins, Bob Charles has won more professional tournaments than any other left hander with 68 in total. He was also the first left hander admitted into the World Golf hall of fame.

    Among Charles’ many wins are the following National Opens. The British Open, both regular and seniors, the New Zealand Open, the Swiss Open, the Canadian Open, and the South African Open.

    A few golfers have putted left handed while playing right handed. Two are Jim Nelford from Canada, and Blaine McCallister for the USA. Notah Begay III was known for putting BOTH right handed and left handed, using a two faced putter. He has won 4 PGA Tour events with that method.

    Canada has a higher percentage of left handed golfers, the influence of hockey is the main factor. Canada’s golfers are about 15% left handed, while the USA is about 5%.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Mike, one of the tighns you mentioned in the video is using mirrors. Maybe a video on the proper use of mirrors (positioning, etc.) would be useful to many of us. Thanks as always, Jeff P.

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  10. Lazar Wolfe says:

    His does play golf left-handed and his nickname is, after all, Lefty, so you can hardly be blamed for claiming Phil Mickelson as one of your top left-handed golfers. He does everything else right-handed, though, including endorsing his million-dollar earnings cheques.

  11. Ron Schipansky says:

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