Monique wrote:First to answer the initial question: Mark Williams for me although I must admit that I never saw Jimmy live in his prime.
The interesting question is actually: if lefties are indeed better potters on average why is that? The first answer that would come to mind is that is has to do with the polarisation of our brains, a feature we share only with big primates and, strangely, the polar bear. "Tasks" are shared between the two hemispheres and so it's not surprising that lefties would be better at some of them while righties would be better at others. Does anyone know if similar trends are observed in other sports?
Now Judd is a bit of an oddity because he's actually righthanded in every days life. Snooker is the only thing he's doing lefhanded and then not completely as he plays the rest shots righthanded.
ROS is mainly righthanded but with a certain level of natural ambidextruousity (uh? is that an existing word?) as he does quite a few things in every days life the "left" way, like using his knife with the left hand.
I'm in the same boat as Judd, I do everything right handed except play snooker. I know that lefties are more creative/visual, the artistic side of the brain is engaged. We tend to "see" our way through snooker patterns without actually thinking our way through it. We visualize it without getting into the nitty gritty of things resulting in a very natural looking style of play.
The drawback is that this makes lefties very much touch players so when we're off, we're really off
Because we rarely conciously think our way through patterns, when we're off it feels like a brain block....so much so that on a bad day stringing a 16 break together can give one a headache
. Everything feels technically correct but it's just not working because for one reason or another, you just can't visualize the patterns.
If a lefty is having an off day they'll tend to describe it as not having their touch but won't have any specifics. A righty is more likely to be able to identify a technical aspect of their game as the issue.
IMO the biggest advantage of lefties is that they pick up the game very quickly, often with little actual coaching. We watch, we imitate without analyzing each and every aspect of the shot. When your mind is free of the mechanics of the game you can do some amazing stuff without ever being concious of the difficulty of what you're doing. The result is a very effortless looking game that's played with flair/style.
I'm sure that you'll see certain traits of left vs right thinking in all sports that involve creativity or more importantly, more than one route to achieve your goal.