Tom Jenkins/Getty Images). An image from the book “In The Moment” published June 2012
From the day I picked up a bat I naturally – or so I assume – adopted a left-hander’s stance, but a year or two later played golf right-handed. This was quite usual, and probably still is, because children usually start with old clubs and the ones lying around tend to be right-handed. So it has always been the case that left-handers are far less common on the golf-course than at the wicket. Indeed they are still so comparatively rare that Phil Mickelson is known as “Lefty” to his fans. In contrast a couple of years ago there were for at least a couple of Tests seven left-handers in the English batting order. I wonder how many of them play golf left-handed.