Day 161 : two-handed

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Sandy: I was a spectator at my team’s tennis match yesterday. It looked like Mary, the single’s player from the opposing team, was switching her racquet from one hand to the other. I asked Mary’s team mate if Mary was left-handed and she confirmed it. But something still didn’t look right. Since I was watching Mary off and on it took me awhile to realize what she was doing. She served with her right hand, then put the racquet in her left hand. She hit forehand balls with her left hand and used both hands to hold the racquet when hitting backhand. I didn’t stay to the end of the match so I couldn’t ask Mary about her hand preference. I wonder if it feels natural because she looked a bit awkward whether hitting her forehand or backhand.

Rafael Nadal, who just set a record yesterday for winning 8 championship titles at the French Open, was taught to play tennis left-handed even though he is naturally right-handed. Guess his coach knew what he was doing.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.

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