My Left Foot

My Left Foot

An update on my left hand, and then a corollary on my left foot. I can now stick a knife from about 18 feet throwing with my left hand, no spin. This is substantial progress from a month ago. I also find that my two-handed backhand, which is governed by the left hand, is far more reliable and natural than it was a month ago. It feels as if my brain has accepted that it is expected to control the shot with the left hand, leaving the right hand along for the ride. So, my backhand has improved correspondingly. Meanwhile drumming and guitar playing have also improved, the left hand being a lot more dexterous than before (even though I have been playing the drums for 60 years).  This is all pretty surprising, but what also surprised me was this: my left foothas made a leap forward. I know this because the left foot is the hi-hat foot and my hi-hat playing has improved markedly. I’m having a left side renaissance! All this evidently stems from my ventures into knife throwing. Perhaps everybody should engage in left-side training from an early age (assuming they are right-handed); I am 74 and I am seeing these benefits. Bend Sinister, as Nabokov would say.

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