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    I have heard conflicting reports about a person's true handedness based on whether he/she shoots left or right. Some people say for right-handers one should choose a left shot stick as the top hand is the one that will controll the stick thus for lefties, one should choose a right shot stick. But then some have argued that the bottom hand gives you the power in your shot & stick handling thus if you're a lefty you should be picking a left stick and vice versa.

    To be honest I don't know which is the more accurate assestment but personally I am a true right-hander (writing, holding eating utensils, etc) but I shoot left in hockey. Reason is when I picked up my first stick, I held in in one hand at the top which is my dominant hand (right) but then realized that it was too heavy to just be held with one hand so I got my other hand to support it and thus made me into a left shot. I see that most guys who were/are in the league who shoot left are right-handers (i.e. Gretzky, Messier, Crosby, etc). While a significant amount who shoot right are southpaws (i.e. Neely, Fleury, Blake, etc).

    Both assessments have good arguments but I guess my take is just pick the one that you are most comfortable with.

    Nonetheless I would love to hear everyone's opinion regarding this matter.
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    when i was a kid i just picked it up and right was comfortable for me

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    I am predominantly right-handed but I am a right shot. Left hand on top is also consistent with the way I hold a rake or a shovel or a broom. Back in the 1950s when I started playing, there were far fewer right shots than left. I think it's interesting how that trend has turned around, especially among Kings forwards.

    I have always favored using my left eye as the sighting eye. I shoot a gun or a bow and arrow left-handed. I think that more than anything influenced my decision as a 4 or 5 year-old when I first began to play.

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    I have always hit a ball/puck wht my right hand over my left swinging from right to left. I've never given it much thought. I've tried to hit/shoot left just goofing around, but it didn't work.
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    Here's one for ya: I can shoot, throw, swing and slap using either hands. I just can't write left handed. It's cool and it sucks. If I want to drive the ball on the golf course, I shoot right. If I want to be accurate, I shoot left. Yes I'm the freak who brings both sticks to the ice.

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    I swing a bat, and play golf and hockey left handed...

    Everything else I am right handed

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    Lefty shot here. It just felt more natural.

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    Right handed in everything, including Hockey. Just feels natural having the left hand at the top of the stick.

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    Righty all the way, except when it comes to throwing a Frisbee. I don't get it either.

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    Right handed, right shot.

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