I hope to read your book, if you get it done. I found it interesting
that you say:
Usually left brain right handed, right brain left handed. This would be the correct neurologic architecture but there are many instances of exceptions that disprove these rules.
The reason I find that interesting is that I have done a lot
of experimenting with hand use, and in my opinion I can
see very little difference in a persons ability to use either
hand. There is only one thing that I have noted a difference
in when it comes to hand use and it is really not earth shaking.
I am right handed, and also stronger with my right arm than my
left. Since at about age 6 starting in school I started favoring
my right arm. I wrote with it, and I played baseball, basket ball,
etc. with it. I was in situation once where about the only
diversion I had was playing catch with a baseball. That became
boring so I switched gloves and tried to throw left handed and
catch right handed. I did that for about a month, and became
pretty good playing left handed, but since I was near 25 years
old at the time, I never did develop the strength in the left hand
that I had in the right. I could still throw a lot harder right
handed. My son broke his left arm at about the 4th grade level
and he was left handed. He was already able to play baseball
both left and right handed at that point. He was naturally
left handed, but when he started baseball, he played right
handed because the glove he borrowed was for right handed
players. I did not notice he was playing with the right hand
until he had done it a few days. By then he was developing
pretty good skill with the right hand. Since he had chosen
to use the "wrong hand" on his own, I did not discourage it,
but I bought him a left hander's glove and when we practiced
throwing we would switch gloves about every 25 throws.
He was able to develop just as well right handed as left
handed. In games he played left handed, but in practice
he used either, with no loss of ability. When he broke his
left arm, that one atrophied for a few months while he was
healing. After he was mended, he could throw harder right
handed than left handed. To this day, I suspect he can throw
harder right handed than left handed. He also learned to
write right handed while his left was in a cast. He turned out
There was a time that I coached little league, and the best
player on the team could play with either hand. He played
pitcher and catcher. When he pitched, he threw left handed,
and he threw RIGHT handed when he played catcher. He
threw better with either hand than the other players could
do with their best one. Also a friend told me of seeing a
baseball pitcher that pitched with both hands. I believe he
was at the college level, but am not sure of that. He
would pitch an entire game right handed, and the next
game he would pitch entirely left handed. When someone
can develop the skill level needed to compete at that level
it says quite a bit, I think. I am pretty sure that this
means that practice is probably the most important thing
when developing and strengthening of neural pathways.
The only thing I have noticed that sometimes give me
trouble shooting with the left hand is the trigger control.
At times the gun does not go off when I want it to. This
is an isolated thing, but does happen. Usually it goes off
before I want to pull the trigger. Maybe I just don't have
the sensitivity to know how much pressure I am putting on
the trigger. It is a puzzling thing.
I have been a long distance runner for about 45 years, and
I lived in Indiana a couple years ago. The weather was often
too bad to run outside, so I started going to the gym to work
out. I preferred to run, to doing treadmills, so I went to the
basketball court, and to keep from getting bored running the
perimeter of the court, I got a basketball and ran and shot.
I had to run down each rebound, so there was plenty of
running. I stayed in constant motion while running and
shooting. Then it occurred to me, that I might as well shoot
left handed since I was not really trying to improve my
shooting. So I did. The first day, I don't think I made
more than a couple shots, but day after day, I improved.
By the end of about one month, I was actually shooting
better left handed than I was right handed. I have kept
that up, now living in Las Vegas I go to the gym just about
daily, and continue this running and shooting. I use
both hands now, pretty much dividing it up, but the
strange thing is that I shoot more accurate left handed
than right handed.
All these experiences tell me, that people put way to much
emphasis on which hand to use. I really believe you should
learn to use them both right from the beginning.