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troi
06-18-2009, 03:23 PM
Hi All,

I am a lefty and have always wanted to analyze the styles of left handed pro players.

One of the things I have been meaning to do for the longest time is look at a few left handed players on Accu-Stats, YouTube etc...

The only players that come to mind are Jack "Jersey Red" Breit and Art "Babe" Cranfield; And they aren't on any Accu-Stats video!

They say your memory is the first thing to go, and I am having the hardest time remembering some of the other left handed pro players.

Can anyone help me out?!

-T

muddawg
06-18-2009, 03:26 PM
Rodney Morris
Thomas Engert
Jeff De Luna
Yu Ram Cha

...those are the only ones I can think of at the moment.

Lea A
06-18-2009, 03:27 PM
Shannon Daulton is a lefty...I'll try to think of more later. :)

selftaut
06-18-2009, 03:28 PM
Steve Mizerak
Mike Sigel
Dennis Hatch

Cornerman
06-18-2009, 03:29 PM
Hi All,

I am a lefty and have always wanted to analyze the styles of left handed pro players.

One of the things I have been meaning to do for the longest time is look at a few left handed players on Accu-Stats, YouTube etc...

The only players that come to mind are Jack "Jersey Red" Breit and Art "Babe" Cranfield; And they aren't on any Accu-Stats video!

They say your memory is the first thing to go, and I am having the hardest time remembering some of the other left handed pro players.

Can anyone help me out?!

-T
Memory really is getting bad, apparently.

Steve Mizerak
Mike Sigel

Steve Cook
Robin Dodson
Belinda Bearden

Rodney Morris
Dennis Hatch

jensen_lover
06-18-2009, 03:30 PM
No love for Scott Frost? I love the way lefties play. I do not know why but I think they all have much better strokes than we righties. Even my southpaw friends that suck look cool when playing.

Richardson
06-18-2009, 03:31 PM
Scott Frost.

ajrack
06-18-2009, 03:37 PM
Ed Kelly, 1970(or '69) Straight Pool World Champ. I do not rmember which year. I saw Ed run 489 without missing a ball or playing a safe. He was playing Dick Lane in Vegas for $100 a game race to 100 ///and ran 89 and out / then 4 > 100's in a row with no safetys. Dick said he's thru, then Jim Mataya jumped up and hit Dick with another 100 the next game!

TXsouthpaw
06-18-2009, 03:40 PM
Ive always loved watchin rodney play. if anyone I try to emulate his pattern play and stroke.


FYI sigel is only lefty when it comes to pool. He thought being right handed meant you
bridge with your right hand on the table so thats how he learned to shoot. Hes righty in every other aspect.

tucson9ball
06-18-2009, 03:50 PM
Ed Kelly, 1970(or '69) Straight Pool World Champ. I do not rmember which year. I saw Ed run 489 without missing a ball or playing a safe. He was playing Dick Lane in Vegas for $100 a game race to 100 ///and ran 89 and out / then 4 > 100's in a row with no safetys. Dick said he's thru, then Jim Mataya jumped up and hit Dick with another 100 the next game!

Is there a way of running 489 if u miss? :rolleyes:

troi
06-18-2009, 03:57 PM
Thanks to all for the responses. I especially like the stories about Ed "Champagne" Kelly and Sigel as I had not heard them before.

I'm having one of those "Damn, I shoulda known that!" moments!

Richardson
06-18-2009, 04:30 PM
Ive always loved watchin rodney play. if anyone I try to emulate his pattern play and stroke.


FYI sigel is only lefty when it comes to pool. He thought being right handed meant you
bridge with your right hand on the table so thats how he learned to shoot. Hes righty in every other aspect.


My 3 year old is righty in everything he does but he naturally picked up a pool stick and started playing lefty.
I thought about Mike Sigel (one of my heros) and didnt change my kid :)

frankncali
06-18-2009, 04:34 PM
Shawn Putnam is another lefty.

Old timer Junior Goff as well.

troi
06-18-2009, 04:43 PM
My 3 year old is righty in everything he does but he naturally picked up a pool stick and started playing lefty.
I thought about Mike Sigel (one of my heros) and didnt change my kid :)

Nice! He'll be running racks in no time.

:p

bignasty
06-18-2009, 04:50 PM
David Matlock..........enuff said!

blah blah
06-18-2009, 04:57 PM
If the probability of a person being left handed is .11, then in a room with 100 poolplayers, there should be 11 left- handed people, right? My friend got me on no less than 2 signed dollars at 2 different big tournaments on this bet. First she said that there would be more than 15% lefty's, and I bet there would be less (thinking that .11 plus another .4 would cover me easily.) Yes, we watched and counted- the tourney was out of our league. On the second signed dollar bet, different tourney, she even upped the %age to be more in my favor- something ridiculous, like 30%, but I forget exactly what. And yes, I lost again.

There are way more left handed poolplayers in any random sample than there ought to be- I don't know why. Maybe it's the creative thinking, I really really don't know. Maybe my best friend just cheats (a huge possibility). But I'm not betting her any more on this one- she can just kick rocks.

TX Poolnut
06-18-2009, 05:16 PM
Ronnie O'Sullivan is right-handed, but will run southpaw centuries just as easily. There are several videos on YouTube of him playing left-handed.

jensen_lover
06-18-2009, 05:51 PM
Ed Kelly, 1970(or '69) Straight Pool World Champ. I do not rmember which year. I saw Ed run 489 without missing a ball or playing a safe. He was playing Dick Lane in Vegas for $100 a game race to 100 ///and ran 89 and out / then 4 > 100's in a row with no safetys. Dick said he's thru, then Jim Mataya jumped up and hit Dick with another 100 the next game!

How did he make a ball on the break everytime?

TXsouthpaw
06-18-2009, 07:15 PM
If the probability of a person being left handed is .11, then in a room with 100 poolplayers, there should be 11 left- handed people, right? My friend got me on no less than 2 signed dollars at 2 different big tournaments on this bet. First she said that there would be more than 15% lefty's, and I bet there would be less (thinking that .11 plus another .4 would cover me easily.) Yes, we watched and counted- the tourney was out of our league. On the second signed dollar bet, different tourney, she even upped the %age to be more in my favor- something ridiculous, like 30%, but I forget exactly what. And yes, I lost again.

There are way more left handed poolplayers in any random sample than there ought to be- I don't know why. Maybe it's the creative thinking, I really really don't know. Maybe my best friend just cheats (a huge possibility). But I'm not betting her any more on this one- she can just kick rocks.

Ive noticed that too. Why so many left handed pool players?

I remember when I first started playing; thinkin to myself "hey if i leave the cue ball here he cant reach the next shot but i can, two way shot. " Until i noticed just how many lefty players are out there.

HumdingerBarry
06-18-2009, 07:17 PM
Weldon Rodgers AKA Junior Weldon from Arizona was left handed. He was a World beater and would walk in a Bar, pull a stick off the rack and play anyone right handed. After they quit He would offer to play them left handed with a real layed down bridge. LOL HumdingerBarry

troi
06-19-2009, 02:12 AM
If the probability of a person being left handed is .11, then in a room with 100 poolplayers, there should be 11 left- handed people, right? My friend got me on no less than 2 signed dollars at 2 different big tournaments on this bet. First she said that there would be more than 15% lefty's, and I bet there would be less (thinking that .11 plus another .4 would cover me easily.) Yes, we watched and counted- the tourney was out of our league. On the second signed dollar bet, different tourney, she even upped the %age to be more in my favor- something ridiculous, like 30%, but I forget exactly what. And yes, I lost again.

There are way more left handed poolplayers in any random sample than there ought to be- I don't know why. Maybe it's the creative thinking, I really really don't know. Maybe my best friend just cheats (a huge possibility). But I'm not betting her any more on this one- she can just kick rocks.

that is interesting. i never really gave it much thought. so there are more lefty's out there than one might think.

i would have lost that bet for sure!

there is no way that i would have ever thought that there would be upwards of 30% lefty's in a tourney.

i would have thought 20% or less for sure!

that is what piques my interest. i'd like to see the diff between patterns that lefty's play versus right handed players. is the shot selection the same? or slightly different?

JamisonNeu
06-19-2009, 02:45 AM
Well I started to say then I noticed someone had allready posted it...

Cornerman
06-19-2009, 03:44 AM
Is there a way of running 489 if u miss? :rolleyes:Didn't his post clarify why exactly he said it that way?

Fred

predator
06-19-2009, 04:38 AM
Can't believe nobody mentioned Wu Chia Ching of Chinese Taipei. The best lefthander in the world without a doubt...in fact, better than all of the righthanders as well!

Vahmurka
06-22-2009, 06:38 AM
Ronnie O'Sullivan is right-handed, but will run southpaw centuries just as easily. There are several videos on YouTube of him playing left-handed.read this (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/snooker/2985851.stm) (search for Robidoux) and watch that (www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJvEolVSE3c) afterwards :)

I also pay speacial attention to the lefties (guess why:p), and beside the already mentioned pros can quickly remember of Satoshi Kawabata of Japan. No wonder, his nickname is Dynamite Lefty, lol.
Can't help with other names at the moment as I always notice a lefty but have never kept record of them.

Donny
06-22-2009, 07:28 AM
Mike Sigel
Rodney Morris
Scott Frost

measureman
06-23-2009, 06:16 PM
Neptune Joe Frady from Jersey, Jam up player and a lefty.

uwate
06-24-2009, 08:14 AM
Grady Mathews has discussed this on accustats. It was his opinion that lefthanded people seem to have a natural affinity towards the game.

I had also read onetime that researchers believe Left handed people have enlarged right brains which provide them with better spatial skills.

Scott Lee
06-24-2009, 01:44 PM
predator...Ummmm, NO! Although WCC is a former world champion, is he the current 9-ball champion (no)...the current 10-ball champion (no)...the current 8-ball champion (no)...the current 14.1 champion (no)? So, suffice it to say, he is not better than all other players.

Scott Lee
www.poolknowledge.com

Can't believe nobody mentioned Wu Chia Ching of Chinese Taipei. The best lefthander in the world without a doubt...in fact, better than all of the righthanders as well!

Donny
06-24-2009, 02:14 PM
Grady Mathews has discussed this on accustats. It was his opinion that lefthanded people seem to have a natural affinity towards the game.

I had also read onetime that researchers believe Left handed people have enlarged right brains which provide them with better spatial skills.

Grady Mathews has made numerous exaggerated claims during his accu-stats commentary.

Donny
06-24-2009, 02:17 PM
predator...Ummmm, NO! Although WCC is a former world champion, is he the current 9-ball champion (no)...the current 10-ball champion (no)...the current 8-ball champion (no)...the current 14.1 champion (no)? So, suffice it to say, he is not better than all other players.

Scott Lee
www.poolknowledge.com

Don't take any shit from him, Scott. :D You're the master at calling people out on BS.

maldito
06-24-2009, 02:47 PM
Also Lefties - Late Bank Pool legend Leonard "Bugs" Rucker - and late Sang Lee who won a world championship in 3-c in the 90's.

ragoo1
06-24-2009, 03:36 PM
Isnt efren reyes left handed?

T411
06-24-2009, 04:47 PM
Right and left handed; about the third paragraph down.

http://untoldstoriesbilliardshistory.blogspot.com/2009/04/few-stories-from-ghost-hunting-pool.html

Cuephoric
06-24-2009, 05:04 PM
Megan Minerich

DogsPlayingPool
06-24-2009, 05:17 PM
Mitch Ellerman is another goofy footer.