Developing your non-dominant hand can be a challenge but the good news is that anyone can acquire the ability to use both hands equally through proper training and routine exercise.
Maybe you’re wanting to play basketball better, switch hands while playing the guitar or become a better drummer? These are just a few of the practical applications of learning to master control of your non-dominant hand.
What might surprise you is that developing this seemingly uncoordinated limb can actually lead to biological changes in the body. By participating in daily exercises that develop this coordination, you will stimulate the non-dominant hemisphere in your brain – the one responsible for imagination and creativity. Scientists have confirmed that this daily ritual will actually induce the growth of brain cells.
The secret to developing non-dominant hand coordination is rooted in repetitions. It’s not dozens or even hundreds of repetitions – but thousands.
If you want to get both hands performing equally, you’ll simply need to do the work.
Muscle memory is the process that allows for this development and muscle memory can only be attained through a great number of repetitions.
Ask any seasoned drummer if he had difficulty developing coordination in one particular hand and you’ll almost certainly hear a testament to performing thousands of repetitions to overcome a weakness.
If you’re looking to maximize time in this endeavor, you can also spend a few weeks, or even months, performing ordinary tasks with your non-dominant hand.
If you’re right-handed, try opening jars, brushing your teeth, eating with a fork, flipping burgers and buttering toast all with your left hand. As you go through your day, pay close attention to things that you automatically do with your right hand and make the decision to do these with your left.
Spend a few minutes every day just writing on paper with your left hand. In just a few weeks, you’ll find that this becomes considerably easier.
Knock out a few thousand reps and let us know how that non-dominant hand is doing.