Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
Is this you actually learning your left side casting for the first time? If so not bad. Whatever works for you going one way will of course work in mirror image, but a lot of people find, once they get over the initial awkward weird feeling, that they automatically make a nicer loop left handed with the bottom hand now their “dominant” one.
It might be interesting and useful for people if you were to document the learning process all the way through. Ones “handedness” is not an innate character or brain trait in spite of a lot of malarkey fed to us from birth on this subject. It feels very hard to learn at first, but it is exactly as hard (and no harder) than learning to cast right hand up for the first time. Having learned to do it one way somehow our brains tell us we know how to do it already, and therefore we must be broken in some way when we try to do it the other way. But that feeling will go completely away once you build up your muscle memory on the other side, which has to be done from scratch. I honestly don’t feel any difference anymore in either the performance of the casts, or my desire to do them, with either hand up.
A good way I found, back when I consciously was forcing myself to learn to switch, that slightly harnesses the knowledge you already have on your “dominant” side, is to find some still water and do the various casts back and forth in mirror image. I think the body can in that way more easily imitate in mirror image the movements of the more experienced side even before it actually starts to FEEL right. Anyway, seemed to really help me in quickly learning to balance things out.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick