Here’s a little thing that was related to me by a boss I used to have, who was in fact a right-handed Canadian. I was wondering if Unca Cece, a venerated SD staffer, or if any of the teeming millions, could comment on this for me.
It seems that though a right hander, he played many games, such as golf and baseball, left handed (he throws righty, though). He claimed that it was his “natural” way to play, as a Canadian, and that 90% of Canadian righties infact play sports like golf and baseball “lefthanded.”
His explanation was thusly: Since a Canadian’s first sport is hockey, from a young age he/she is taught to hold the stick in the most natural way, with the control hand close to the fulcrum, i.e. the right hand on the end of the stick. Logically, this translates to a “left-handed” baseball and golf swing. Americans, it seems, play baseball first, and so learn the correct way to swing a bat is to put ones control hand higher on the bat, i.e. this makes them left-handed hockey players.
Now, I had taught myself to play hockey, and have been playing both hockey and baseball since my earliest sporting memory (my dad taught me both, he was an American, but an avid self-taught hockey player as well) and the “Canadian” style of holding a hockey stick seems unnatural to me. My girlfriend, who has never played baseball, however, confirms my bosses story by playing hockey the “Canadian” way, saying it feels more comfortable to her, a righty, to use a “left-handed” hockey stick.
Compounding the mystery (which is by no means solved in my mind) is the problem that hockey sticks have “left” and “right” clearly printed on them, but the “left” stick corresponds to the lefty baseball players hold (i.e. the “Canadian Righty” hold my boss claims to account for the high sale of left handed golf clubs in Canada). I say “AHA… Americans have it right, and my bos sis just a great BS-er…” Not quite, he counters, the designation indicates not the handedness of the intended user, but the curve on the blade, a Canadian righty would therefore use a left curved blade?
Now, if I haven’t bored the everyone reading this into a stupor, my question is this: Is my ex-bosses story truthful, or is he just a phenominal BS-er? That is, do Canadians really play American sports backwards and visa-versa due to the baseball/hockey bias? Or is he full of it?