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Left-handed sportspeople have greater advantage in table tennis, cricket, and baseball – Science News – ABC News

Mitchell Starc can fling a cricket ball faster than 160 kilometres per hour, but his left-handedness likely gave him a leg-up when he was a youngster. (Getty Images: Daniel Munoz)

Mitchell Starc can fling a cricket ball faster than 160 kilometres per hour, but his left-handedness likely gave him a leg-up when he was a youngster. (Getty Images: Daniel Munoz)

And to fully exploit the advantages of being left-handed, they’d do well to focus on table tennis, cricket or baseball over tennis, squash and badminton, new analysis suggests.

Florian Loffing from the University of Oldenburg in Germany tallied the number of left-handers in ball game world rankings.

He found sports with high time pressure — that is, a shorter period between the ball bouncing between racquets, or leaving a bowler or pitcher’s hand and striking the bat — were also those with the most lefties.

Elite athlete analysis shows more southpaws in high time-pressure sports.

Source: Left-handed sportspeople have greater advantage in cricket, baseball and table tennis – Science News – ABC News

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