Left or Right?

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left or right (handed , footed)?


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Are you left handed or right handed? I mean which hand you usually write with!
Are you able to write with both hands? And are you left footed or right footed?
 

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What is right footed?
 
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I'm always interested in this.

Studies generally show left handers to account for about 10% of the general population, but 4 out of the 5 engineers I sit with at work are left handed. Similarly, I did a poll on my (engineering) course at university (nicer sample size), something daft like 100 out of 200 people admitted to being left handed.
 
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I am right-handed and my left hand is useless for many tasks. However, in throwing a frisbee, I can only do it well with my left hand.
 
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I'm always interested in this.

Studies generally show left handers to account for about 10% of the general population, but 4 out of the 5 engineers I sit with at work are left handed. Similarly, I did a poll on my (engineering) course at university (nicer sample size), something daft like 100 out of 200 people admitted to being left handed.
Really? That must suck with all them right handed rules going around.
 
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Really? That must suck with all them right handed rules going around.
For the poor right-handed guys that happen to be holding their pencil in their right-hand, so substitute their left-hand for the right-hand rule?

I'm right-handed and right-footed. However, I did go through a period where I was left-footed. Playing indoor, some clod slammed my right knee into the boards (and beat up my face, as well - I don't have a clue what he was trying to do - maybe he was a hockey player). I couldn't play for about 2-3 months and even when I started playing again, it still took a long time for it to get back to normal. I was amazed at good my left foot got over that time.

About two years after getting slammed into the boards, I was back to being a right-footed player again, though. It's amazing how you can just fall back into old routines like that.
 
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Playing football these days one needs to practise with both feet equally. Its a huge advantage if you can strike the ball without thinking with your left foot as naturally as you would with your right (if you're right footed).

I'm right-handed and right-footed, but I do have a lot of things I can do with either hand or foot. When I play footbal I can strike just as well with either foot and I can play darts left handed as well as I can right handed.
 
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Playing football these days one needs to practise with both feet equally. Its a huge advantage if you can strike the ball without thinking with your left foot as naturally as you would with your right (if you're right footed).

I'm right-handed and right-footed, but I do have a lot of things I can do with either hand or foot. When I play footbal I can strike just as well with either foot and I can play darts left handed as well as I can right handed.
Franz Beckenbauer barely ever touched the ball with his left-foot his entire career, and he was one of the guys responsible for the rise in soccer's popularity in the US back in the 70's or 80's.
 
Very much a right handed person. Also when I play football I kick with my right (most naturally anyways, I can also kick with my left).
 
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I'm left-handed but I had to think about my footedness. I have always considered myself right when it comes to sports like hockey and golf, but for foot-sports, my left foot is forward.
 
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My right hand is dominant (though, there are a lot of things I wind up doing left-handed without really thinking about it...I have a tendency to grab surgical instruments with either hand, because sometimes you just need both hands, and don't realize I've been using my left hand until it's time to release a hemostat and for some reason, that's the one thing that I'm not particularly good at doing left-handed).

I haven't a clue what foot is dominant. Probably my right foot, but when doing that circle your hand and foot thing someone posted the other day, I seemed more coordinated with my left foot (before I even started doing the hand circles).
 
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Couldn't pick an answer because my category isn't there. I use both hands equally, but am right-footed and right-eyed. I therefore shoot pool, bow-and-arrow and long-guns right handed for aiming purposes.
 
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I'm left-handed for most things and kick a ball right-footed. Not sure if the foot comparison is valid though. I do quite a few things right-handed because I was taught to do so (play guitar, play brass musical instrument, drive using stickshift). I wonder if as a child, someone showed me how kick using their right foot, I just followed their example and with practise, attained the proficiency.

On a quick net search, I find 10-11% of population in North America & Europe are left-handed. Wiki has a wider distribution. "Approximately 8 to 15% of the adult population is left-handed."

Here's some interesting stats in our poll at 41 votes in; we have 70.7% right-handed, 29.3% left-handed. Does this imply there are twice as many left-handed people in the sciences compared to the general population? As a grad student at Purdue, I recall an officemate, my advisor, our dept head and the professor in the next office, were all left-handed. Hmmm :uhh:

Previous PF handedness threads Oct 2003 and July 2005
 
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can be a right-handed train himself become a left-handed?
what do you think about a guy abandon from being right-handed?
 
I'm pretty ambidextrous although I write with my right hand, it's easier that way.

Foot wise probably favour my right.

I was left handed when I was born, when I was about five I just switched over to being right handed, I to this day have no idea why?
 
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I think it's probably like anything, you need to be consistent. If you switch to Dvorak typing and are consistent, it can be learned soon enough. If you do taichi for a short while consistently (a year or two), you'll be very accustomed to it. I think a person could learn to write with the other hand but one would need to be consistent.
 
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Trying to force yourself to use the 'wrong' hand can have some pretty interesting effects. Many people will develop a stutter later on in life if forced to use the wrong hand as a child.
 
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Interesting, we are now up to total 49 polled, right-handed 69.4%, left-handed 30.6%. This ratio is holding steady within our PF members. Using the data I mentioned before as a basis, we still have "twice" as many left-handed people here, compared to the general population.

Also in our group with 49 polled, rightfootedness 75.5% and leftfooted 24.5%.
 
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Couldn't pick an answer because my category isn't there. I use both hands equally, but am right-footed and right-eyed. I therefore shoot pool, bow-and-arrow and long-guns right handed for aiming purposes.
I'm kind of in the same boat. Being a guitarist, I have a lot more left-hand dexterity than most righties, and since I'm strongly right-eye dominant, I automatically shoot with both eyes open (pool, pistol, rifle, shotgun) with no squinting, head-tilting, or other compensation.
 
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I am predominately right footed but I can use my left foot, I also snowboard goofy and skateboard that way too, I can also Bat Left and Right Handed at Cricket, but I am very much better with my right.. :smile:
 
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Trying to force yourself to use the 'wrong' hand can have some pretty interesting effects. Many people will develop a stutter later on in life if forced to use the wrong hand as a child.
I learned to play guitar left handed as the only way to upstage my friend who is much better than me. If I knew I could then develop a stutter I'd not have bothered :surprised :cry:

The only saving grace was that I was not a child when I learned.
 
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I automatically shoot with both eyes open
The only time that I shoot anything with one eye closed is when I'm drunk. It's impossible to see double with one eye. :biggrin:
 
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Well, I'd definitely say that I was right footed. As to handedness, that's a little more complex. As a general rule, I am right handed, except when it comes to the example given in the original post. When I pick up a pencilto write or draw, I naturally use my left hand.
 

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