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#1 Post by David Cohen » June 2nd, 2015, 5:27 am

Being left handed comes with certain obstacles-- corkscrews being one of them. When I use a helix corkscrew it does not work as when a left handed person starts to turn the helix it spins upwards (to exit the cork) and not downwards (to enter the cork). I generally use either an ah-so or port tongs. My wife recently got me two inexpensive left handed helix corkscrews (recently as in yesterday) which I haven't had opportunity to try. One is a waiters style the other is the stly that looks like a jumping jack exercise (what is the name of that style anyway??????)
I have wanted to ourchase a durand but alas shelling out money for a product which I cant use correctly is a pet peeve of mine soI emailed the good folks at Durand. There answer was no plans and learns how to do it right handed or spin backwards with left hand.
Anyone else encounter left handed obstacles in the wine world??

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#2 Post by John Fagan » June 2nd, 2015, 5:51 am

I'm left handed and have been opening wine bottles for more than 50 years. I most often use a standard waiter's helix held in my left hand and the bottle in my right hand. I've always felt I had an advantage over righties as I think it is easier to twist the corkscrew by turning my wrist inward (clockwise). Maybe it has just been a lifetime of practice.
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#3 Post by scamhi » June 2nd, 2015, 5:55 am

I too am left handed and never had a problem opening bottles with a standard corkscrew
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#4 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » June 2nd, 2015, 6:18 am

Lefty here as well. I just decided to learn how to use my right hand when opening bottles. Took a little practice, but fine now.
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#5 Post by JPWilley » June 2nd, 2015, 6:25 am

I had never even thought about it before. Now that it's in my mind, I'll probably mangle the next cork that I try to extract. [cheers.gif]
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#6 Post by Andrew Demaree » June 2nd, 2015, 8:47 am

I've never given it a thought, either. Seems no different to me than using a screwdriver. ??

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#7 Post by Scott G r u n e r » June 2nd, 2015, 8:54 am

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#8 Post by Dusty Gillson » June 2nd, 2015, 8:56 am

If you pony up for a Code38, I believe you can order them lefthanded.
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#9 Post by Glen Gold » June 2nd, 2015, 9:24 am

I am as left handed as anyone I know -- I'm fairly sure my right hand is only there to keep my jacket sleeve from dipping into the soup -- but I have no problem with a waiters' corkscrew. However the first time I used a Durand, I broke the neck of the bottle off.
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#10 Post by Matt A u s t i n » June 2nd, 2015, 9:31 am

Another lefty here. Never had any problems with a corkscrew and I love my durand. John Fagan pretty much nailed how I do it.
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#11 Post by Ed Gonzales » June 2nd, 2015, 9:51 am

John Fagan wrote:I'm left handed and have been opening wine bottles for more than 50 years. I most often use a standard waiter's helix held in my left hand and the bottle in my right hand. I've always felt I had an advantage over righties as I think it is easier to twist the corkscrew by turning my wrist inward (clockwise). Maybe it has just been a lifetime of practice.
lefty here as well. i do what john does.

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#12 Post by BJ Hamel » June 2nd, 2015, 10:12 am

David Cohen wrote:when a left handed person starts to turn the helix it spins upwards (to exit the cork) and not downwards (to enter the cork)....
My wife recently got me two inexpensive left handed helix corkscrews (recently as in yesterday) ....
How do you plan to get the left hand twist corkscrew out of the cork? If you try that same motion with a right hand twist it will go into the cork.
I am pretty ambidexterous but use my corkscrew with the left hand.
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#13 Post by Mark Senn » June 2nd, 2015, 10:35 am

It was really tough to teach myself to pour right handed for the Somm Exam. The world's just biased against us lefties...

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#14 Post by Scott Butler » June 2nd, 2015, 10:54 am

Another lefty here who's never had a problem. I think I use my left hand? So many things in life that forced me to be right handed, but I don't think this is one.

Now when i play darts, I usually have to throw one with each hand to remember which way is better.
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#15 Post by Ian Sutton » June 2nd, 2015, 12:46 pm

More lefties here than a communist rally ;¬)

Other options are the screwpull 'rabbit' style which has the contraption doing the turning. You simply apply the pressure backward and forward and the cork pops out. 'Simples' as the advert here goes.
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#17 Post by Scott Brunson » June 2nd, 2015, 1:40 pm

Lefty here--I use my right hand.
My good friend is a lefty who uses the left handed clockwise spin.
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#18 Post by Ron Erickson » June 2nd, 2015, 1:49 pm

Another who is always in the right frame of mind.

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#19 Post by Sean Moore » June 2nd, 2015, 1:53 pm

Scott Brunson wrote:Lefty here--I use my right hand.
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#20 Post by Diane Kessler » June 2nd, 2015, 2:08 pm

Never thought about and never had a problem and I use a variety of corkscrews - traditional, Ah So, and Durand all work fine.

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#21 Post by AndrewH » June 2nd, 2015, 2:12 pm

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#22 Post by dsGriswold » June 2nd, 2015, 2:34 pm

Long time lefty. Where there's a will there's a way. [snort.gif]
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#23 Post by Oliver McCrum » June 2nd, 2015, 4:39 pm

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#24 Post by Tran Bronstein » June 2nd, 2015, 5:30 pm

When I got into martial arts, I quickly learned that there advantages to being a lefty in a world full of righties -- by learning how to do everything right handed in class and then practicing on my own left handed as well, I essentially became an ambidextrous martial artist.

Same for corkscrews and wine. I have no problems opening it like a right hander. Not that they would encounter as many issues as we lefties do but I know many right handed people who are essentially useless with their left hands when it comes to finer coordination skills.

Interestingly, I currently train boxing privately with a boxing coach who is just as good with his left side fighting as he is with his right side fighting. He forced himself to practice the other side (boxing coaches traditionally frown upon training both sides) and so he can now train others no matter what side they fight on.
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#25 Post by Steve Crawford » June 2nd, 2015, 7:41 pm

I use a counter clockwise swirl i learned from jerry and puddy. kidding. I'm left handed, and using a wine key i actually cut the foil with my left hand and use the right to open.
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#26 Post by dougwilder » June 2nd, 2015, 7:54 pm

I am also a left-handed batter, but when I golfed as a youngster or shot targets, it was right handed. Because of the volume of wines I open, a Rabbit is easier to use, bot all my waiters are right hand models. Never thought twice about it. I hold glassware in my right, I figure because I write @ same time.
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#27 Post by alan weinberg » June 2nd, 2015, 7:58 pm

Diane Kessler wrote:Never thought about and never had a problem and I use a variety of corkscrews - traditional, Ah So, and Durand all work fine.
me, too, never thought about it and have never had a problem.

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#28 Post by john stimson » June 2nd, 2015, 9:51 pm

My son is a lefty, and I had a hell of a time finding wine glasses for a left-hander.

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#29 Post by dsGriswold » June 2nd, 2015, 11:05 pm

let's see, I pour with my left and drink with my right. Or is it the other way. Need to do a test. [cheers.gif]
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#30 Post by Humberto Dorta » June 3rd, 2015, 4:27 am

Lefty. Never had a problem using my left hand. Guitars are worse :)
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#31 Post by Ed Steinway » June 3rd, 2015, 7:14 am

My brother is left-handed and uses his right hand to open wine bottles. Finding left-handed golf clubs are difficult, because so many manufacturers make only a few models for lefties.

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#32 Post by Benjamin Goldberg » June 3rd, 2015, 3:57 pm

Another lefty here. I know we're supposed to be smarter than everyone else, but I'm really having trouble understanding why turning a waiter's corkscrew with your left hand is any more difficult than turning it with your right hand. I just don't see what the issue is. Can someone illuminate the issue?

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#33 Post by Marc Frontario » June 3rd, 2015, 6:51 pm

No issues for this lefty
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#34 Post by R Roberts » June 3rd, 2015, 9:24 pm

Lefty here also. I started this thread thinking "what's the problem here?" and read through the whole thing because I started wondering if there's a larger than average sampling of lefties who are really into wine, or if the thread subject is just filtering out all the righties.
Benjamin Goldberg wrote:Another lefty here. I know we're supposed to be smarter than everyone else, but I'm really having trouble understanding why turning a waiter's corkscrew with your left hand is any more difficult than turning it with your right hand. I just don't see what the issue is. Can someone illuminate the issue?

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LOL +1. Like scissors, there were no left handled models when I learned, so I had to adapt. Trying to relearn and train my other hand would be harder... and probably feel backwards.
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