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Can you play decent pool using both your right and left hands? - 05-19-2020, 12:39 PM

I was just thinking about John Morra, and wondered how he was able to switch playing hands (due to some sort of injury), and get back to a pretty high level, playing left handed .

I just think it is amazing what he was able to do, but I wonder if maybe he learned to play both left a right handed from an early age, but chose to just play right handed , because that was where he got most of his power from.

I know, I could probably write him on Facebook, and ask him this question myself, but I am just too shy to write him, lol.

Always been a big fan of John Morra . He is such a great players . Always loved the way he walked around the pool table, and his slow and controled way of playing .

Anyways, if you were to get injured in same way where you had to switch playing hands, in order to keep playing pool, do you think you could get to a fairly good level of playing , with time and practice ?

I knew this high school kid back in the Ninetees , and he was a pretty good player , and could play equally as good with either hand, it seemed.

That type of thing always really impressed me.

Maybe it is just laziness , but I do not think I could ever be able to play decent at all left handed.

I assume it is something that would take years of practice , and a lot of hard work, for hours a day practicing .

Do you think that John Morra was really able to get that good within a years time, during the time when he was not competing ?
  
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05-19-2020, 12:49 PM

I'm about the same with either hand on most shots, but bridging over balls, and the break shot, are much better shooting right handed.

Edit: I actively had to teach myself to shoot lefty, it wasn't a proficiency out of the gate. I'm at the point now where I'll switch several times in a rack. If I'm on the right side of the table I'll shoot left, and vice versa.

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05-19-2020, 12:52 PM

I'm ambidextrous... but only with my right hand.


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05-19-2020, 01:08 PM

Kinda but its too hard to aim opposite eye. I am cross dominant. But if u practice the first five or ten minutes weak handed everytime you play you can get fairly comfortable
  
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05-19-2020, 01:10 PM

I forced myself to play righty while we were in early lockdown, just to see if I could get anywhere consistent, it lasted MAYBE 10 racks. Drove me nuts.

I'm shootin for 20 racks now, and it's extremely hard to get the pre-shot down with any consistency. I started using a mirror for my initial set-up, which seems to help.

I will keep at it, but it's a lot harder that I ever thought. I even went as far as to draw a straight line on the floor, for aligning correctly, which for me, is the biggest hurdle.

Power shots, and the break are just brutal.


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05-19-2020, 01:23 PM

I'm proficient with both hands but the break is incredibly difficult lefty for me.


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Unhappy ambiwhat? - 05-19-2020, 04:25 PM

I would bet I stink it up with either hand,one more than the other.:
  
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05-19-2020, 04:33 PM

Yes. But I train extensively in other activities off-hand.

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05-19-2020, 04:36 PM

Not even close.

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05-19-2020, 04:42 PM

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I'm about the same with either hand on most shots, but bridging over balls, and the break shot, are much better shooting right handed.

Edit: I actively had to teach myself to shoot lefty, it wasn't a proficiency out of the gate. I'm at the point now where I'll switch several times in a rack. If I'm on the right side of the table I'll shoot left, and vice versa.
This is about where I am. It took quite a bit of time. But I'm pretty proficient.


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05-19-2020, 05:03 PM

No, I am terrible on the left side, which really shouldn't be because I shoot basketball left handed and throw left handed and was a switch hitter back in my baseball days. I keep telling myself to work on the LH shooting, but it's not very fun so I have been avoiding it. It's really a deal breaker for me at this point unless I start playing on the small bar boxes, which I have never really cared for. No more excuses though, I'm going to start training myself to do it. Thanks for the nudge.
  
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05-19-2020, 05:05 PM

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Not even close.

Ill play with my weak hand if I have to, but it aint pretty.
I hear ya, I'm almost better off just getting the rake out than trying to shoot opposite hand.
  
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05-19-2020, 05:27 PM

My left hand is strictly an ornament, wish it wasn't so but it is.
  
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If I had to play right handed I'd be in trouble.
  
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