I Think Double-Crossed Swinging Is A Huge Factor Even For Right-Handers

I’m referring of course to the right-handed golf swing, so lefties swinging lefty would be the same thing here if you are left-handed and swing left.

But in the land of hockey, there are so many more right-handed Canadians who play golf left-handed than the average nation.

Many young right-handed players swing the hockey stick lefty because they are stronger with the right arm and hand, which is the top hand when using a hockey stick lefty – and so swinging a golf club lefty makes perfect sense.

We know Phil Mickelson is a right-handed player who swings lefty because he learned to swing standing opposite his dad (who swung right-handed) and mimicking his father’s motion in mirror-image.

Here below is is still-frame picture from 2015, when I was making the “Kinesiology Of The MCS Golf Swing” video:

So even back then I was explaining the proper setup correctly while still not doing it correctly in my own setup and mechanics.

But what about the right-handed players who swing righty and still have issues learning a proper golf swing?

One issue of course is the Modern Golf Swing which is messing up swingers with improper and unsound swing technique, but there have been terrible swingers since the days of the Classic Golf Swing.

So what gives?

The minute I figured out that I was swinging left-dominant 100% (in mentality, setup and actual motion), just a few months back, the clock began to tick on how long it would take for me to figure out exactly how not to swing with left dominance.

I know know and feel the exact differences between swinging left or right dominant (at least with the swing aid, and I’ll know about the real swing in short order but let’s assume I’m correct), but the question that comes to mind is, “Well I am a cross-dominant person who is left-handed in half of what I do, so why would a natural right-hander struggle with a right-handed swing motion?”

The answer, I believe, is that many golfers are also trapped in a cross-dominant hell – if you play baseball, in fact, you are taught to pull the bat from behind you with the leading arm, and I played the sport from a young age myself swinging righty and pulling hard with the left arm to bring the bat around.

Even Greg Norman – with a trailing foot slide, why does he spin-out with leading foot?


He isn’t spinning out here because of an anchored trailing foot.  I remember looking at this action a few weeks and months ago and wondering, why was GN spinning out even with the trailing foot release?

The answer I had at the time was that he was also pulling hard with the left arm and side on the downswing, even though he’s right-handed and set up with a proper right-hand-first when addressing his ball.

The signature to the left arm pull is that leaning-back and high arm follow-through and finish.

You’ll recall that I said in my progress report on Monday that I was spinning out slightly on the leading foot with my hardest swings, and I was releasing my trailing foot.

I was doing the same thing even though I figured that if I set up with my arms neutral instead of left-dominant – and I isolated that issue when analyzing the video:

I talked about the lateral shift on the downswing transition, which is the giveaway that you are pulling with the left arm.

And that is the problem – yes, you do pull with the left arm in any golf swing, but it’s the direction of the pull that is the issue.

When you pull laterally toward the target, you are committing the fatal error of creating a left-dominant swing action.

Now go back and look at Greg Norman’s swing in that above gif. one more time – watch the head shift to his right on the backswing and then shift back to his left on the downswing transition.

The same thing drove me crazy looking at my golf swing, because no matter how well I thought I was hitting the ball or swinging in general, there was that lateral head shift on the downswing transition:

If you are swinging completely right-dominant from a proper right-dominant setup, I am of the opinion that there should be no lateral motion in the head, with the Classic Golf Swing.

We’ll see again how the theory shakes out in the lab.

I haven’t even begun to take apart the Post-Modern model yet because, first things first, and I’ll get to the PM when I’ve finished with the Classic model.

4 thoughts on “I Think Double-Crossed Swinging Is A Huge Factor Even For Right-Handers

  1. BM

    DJ, I’ve always found it funny when people describe what hand they play. I play on the same side of the ball as you. But I sometimes tell people that I play left handed. Why? Because my lead hand is the left. I’m hitting a ball to my left. Maybe the more accurate way to describe it is I play backhanded. Fun to think about.

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      That makes a lot of sense, BM – and it also explains the double-cross, doesn’t it?

      I’m a lefty swinging “right-handed” 😏 and have been backhanding the ball since I began this journey.

      As I now imagine many people are. 🤔

  2. KJ Burtscher

    I hit a fairway shot with a 7 wood yesterday, probably the best shot I’ve hit in my life.
    The difference was I was focused on my right side, usually it’s my left as you say (I hit RH).
    Hips rotated (actually right hip moved forward), right elbow came along low and inside, finished facing the target.
    I said to myself “that is very different from my usual armsy swing, it just feels right”.
    The feeling is the right elbow as a pivot point loosely connected to the right hip.

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