10 Outstanding Left-Handed Golfers In The PGA Tour Scene

Some may refer to left-handed golfers as freaks in the course.  You may even hear teasing while these lefties do their golf swing, especially when they hit a lousy shot.  Experts in the golfing world say that around 5 to 7% golfers in North America are left handed.  It still may be few in numbers, but some of them are making names in the world of golf.

Proud Left-Handed Golfers 1.  Phil Mickelson, an American professional golfer, was given the nickname of Lefty.  He already won 43 PGA Tour including 2004, 2006 and 2010 Masters, 2005 PGA Championship, 2013 Open Championship.

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Phil won three of the four major (missed the U.S. Open).   In 2012, he received the honor of being invested into the World Golf Hall of Fame.  

2.  Bubba Watson is also multiple major champions.  He has six PGA tour wins and two others that include the 2008 CVS Charity Classic.   Majors recognized him as the best male golfer, and in 2015 reached the 2nd place in the Official World Golf Ranking.   
3.  Mike Weir, a professional golfer who plays on the PGA tour and has won eight times which includes the 2003 Masters and the 2004 Nissan Open.   He has seven other wins, among which include three wins on the Canadian tour.  He became the first Canadian Masters and the third-best left-handed golfers in the history of golf.  He is one of those who changed the image of left-handed golfers.

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4.  Bob Charles, or Sir Robert James Charles, is a professional lefty golfer from New Zealand.  His accomplishments in over five decades make him one of the most successful left-handed golfers.  He is the first left-handed golfer who won a golf major, having won more than 70 titles.   He won four times in PGA tour that includes the 1963 Open Championship along with the 1974 Greater Greensboro Open.  

5.  Steve Flesch is not just a professional golfer, but also a TV golf analyst (Fox Sports).  He has four PGA Tour wins and four other wins along with the Nike Tour Championship.  He is the second left-handed golfer to win the Web.com Tour.  He has been one of the top 50 Official World Golf Rankings, taking the 24th spot in 2004.  

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6.  Russel Earl Cochran plays on the PGA Tour and is the only left-handed golfer that joined the PGA Tour from most ofthe 1980s through 1992.  He has won a victory during the 1991 Centel Western Open.   And though he only won once in the PGA Tour, he has nine other wins including the 2011 Senior Open Championship.  
7.  Eric Axley was born in Athens, Tennessee and became a professional golfer in 1997.  He won the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour, the Valero Texas Open in 2006.  He lost his PGA Tour rights in 2009, but managed to qualify again and past the championship status in 2014. 

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8.  Ted Potter Jr. is naturally right-handed but is a left-handed golfer.  He won two times on the PGA Tour, and this includes the 2012 Greenbrier Classic and 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  He also is a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour.  He dominates most minor league golfing tours, having won more than 15 times on the NGA Hooters Tour.  His PGA Tour winnings placed him in the elite group of left-handed golfers.  

9. Sam Adams played golf in college and turned professional in 1969.  He recorded his only win in PGA Tour during the 1973 Quad Cities Open.  He was the first left-handed American golfer to win in the PGA Tour.  He had some other top-10 finishes which included T-2 finish in the 1972 Canadian Open.  His best finish was a T-23 in a major championship during the 1977 U.S. Open.  

10.  Nick O’Hern is an Australian professional golfer.  Even though he has never won any PGA Tour, he has five other wins including the 2006 Australian PGA Championship where he gained the Order of Merit as the leading money winner.  He was featured in the top 20 Official World Golf Rankings and the only player who has beaten Tiger Woods more than once.  

Indeed, these natural left-handers know how to swing their golf clubs to their advantage.  

Reference:  

Alberstadt, B.  (2014, April 25).  Ranking the 10 best left-handed players in golf history.  Retrieved from https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2040453-ranking-the-10-best-left-handed-players-in-golf-history#slide0

How Technology Gets You Into The Greens (Future Of Golf)

Technology has gone a long way.  It has been growing fast, conquering even the field of sports, especially in the golfing world. Among the latest technology breakthroughs are virtual reality and augmented reality (ARVR) that allow fans to experience the course.  

Augmented Reality And Virtual RealityAugmented reality is the technology that tags on the digital component to a live scene with the use of the camera on your smartphone.  Virtual reality involves your total engagement, improving your experience and interaction with the use of computer-generated 3D duplication of the image or environment.  This is made possible with the use of a special device or gadget, like a helmet with a screen or gloves with sensors.

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The U.S. Open Championship Uses ARVR For Fan Events 

The United States Golf Association (USGA) in partnership with Deloitte wants to bring something new to the golf community.  Deloitte and other companies helped and sponsored USGA to allow golf fans to experience how it is to be inside the course and play, like how professional golfers play their championship games.

In the 118th US open that was held last June 11 to 17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York, fans were given the opportunity to be there inside the ropes.  With the ARVR technology, fans were allowed to be in the entertainment hub at Fan Central.  They were given a chance to experience how it was to stand in the fairway during the 1995 U.S. Open, when Corey Pavin won his championship, with the use of ARVR technology.  Fans loved it as they experienced playing the tournament as if they were actually there, lifting their hands in the air and doing that genius shot. 

Learn and Train Through Golf Simulation

The vGolf is a company that produces and sells virtual golf simulators.  The simulator lets you play golf virtually.  You can hit the ball onto a driving range or into a net by putting on a pair of augmented-reality glasses.  Don’t worry about how you will look, as the glasses are just a little bigger than those from Oakley, according to Tom Kudirka who is the founder vGolf in Omaha.  

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Play The Game

The Golf Club VR is a game released in 2014.  You can enjoy playing golf right in the comfort of your home.  You can choose the appropriate club you need for each situation.  You can plan the strategy you want in each hole with the yardage booklet that comes with the game and receive information from the golf watch each time you hit a shot.  You can also just simply explore the landscape and learn how to swing.  

The Negative Aspect

Technology may have conquered the world of golf, making the game more exciting and enjoyed by many.  But there is also a downside to this technology because not all can relate to it.  They cannot grasp what virtual reality is about.  There are those who still want to feel the physical aspect of it – smell the greens, feel the heat of the sun in their skin and the touch the wind that blows on their cheeks – as they explore the course and enjoy the game.

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But we cannot discount the fact that there is endless potentiality when it comes to virtual reality.  You can explore the greens which are only inches away.  You can practice how to swing and work out your very own techniques to advance in your handicap.  Virtual reality can actually allow you to be in the champion’s shoes and make their moves.  

ARVR, golf simulation and even video games give golf enthusiasts a unique golfing experience.  These technologies have allowed them to enjoy the game far more than is expected.  They are allowed to think what shot will put their ball on the green as they feel the wind.   Can’t wait what more they can offer in the future.  

Companies developing these advanced technologies continue to work and improve their products from the recording and collecting of data to how they are rendered on the screens. Indeed, they have hit the ball making technology and golf meet.