[LMB] OT: HANDEDNESS
harimad2001 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 22 16:07:07 BST 2011
JH> On Sep 22, 2011, at 4:24 AM, John Hallam wrote:
JH> However, I noticed to my surprise a year or so back that
JH> the foot controls are always in the same order, irrespective
JH> of the handedness of the vehicle: for stick shifts, they go
JH> clutch, brake, accelerator from left to right. Interesting...
JH> Is it really harder to learn mirrored foot skills in the
JH> separate contexts than mirrored hand skills?
HB> On Fri, 9/23/11, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
HB> I suspect footedness is less strong than handedness. Soccer
HB> players need to use both feet - even if we have preferences
HB> in penalty kicks. Walking is a two-footed activity, so
HB> we're used to using both feet equally. Practice matters.
There are exceptions, of course. In American football, kickers and punters invariably use just one foot. Gymnasts usually lead with a preferred foot. The real odd sport is ice skating: ice skaters are taught to do figures all ways - forward, backward, left foot, right foot, from left to right, from right to left. But jumps and spins are always done in the favored direction.
But in general, yes. Foot preference is weaker than hand preference.
 There's half an exception for spins, when one switches from favored foot to other foot, gaining momentum and therefore time thereby.
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