How do I know if I need right-handed golf clubs?
This is a crucial question. 15% of people in the world are left-handed but that doesn't necessarily mean that 15% of golfers play left-handed. In fact, some of the most prominent left-handed golfers in the world - Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir (the last two Masters Champions) - are actually right handed when they carry out other actions in their life.
In fact, the only reason why Phil Mickelson plays left-handed is that he learned to play golf by mirroring the person who instructed him as well as his Dad. Thus he reversed what he had learned and became a left-hander.
So, how do you know what you are? After all, if you buy right-handed clubs because you are right handed, but actually find that it feels wrong, then you have wasted money. So it's important to spend time researching which one you are before taking the plunge.
If you are a child then this is going to be more simple. If a child has played baseball, he is very likely to have simply picked up a bat and begun hitting how he feels comfortable. If this is left-handed, then there you go, you have a left-handed golfer. This is particularly relevant as the skills and techniques for swinging a baseball bat are very transferable into golf.
Another way to do it is to swing a club both ways and watch how you naturally transfer your weight. It should be from your back foot to your front foot, and this will feel more comfortable on the correct side.
If through this you find out that you are left-handed then what you mustn't do is try and play right-handed. There is suitable equipment for left-handers now, which was not the case many years ago. Many people now in their old age had to spend years playing right -handed simply because there was no equipment available for lefties. Then, when they picked up left-handed clubs and played they could suddenly drop about 10 strokes from their game.
Some people who had once played right-handed then found out they were left-handed actually end up having a mix of clubs in their bag as they find that changing their full swing completely from one side to another was not possible. So, they may have right handed clubs for driving and long irons and then left-handed clubs for their short game.
Then there is eye dominance. When you are putting this is very important. Should you be a right-handed golfer and your left-eye is the dominant one, then you may find that you will be better on the green with a left-handed putter. Some people thus have right handed clubs and left-handed putters.