Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr., a righty, uses left hand for everyday tasks to improve his game
As he seeks to continue dominating NFL secondaries, standout New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has turned his attention to improving one aspect of his physical composition: his non-dominant, left hand.
To that end, the Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark reports, the second-year wideout is regularly performing everyday tasks using his left hand, like brushing his teeth and shooting a basketball lefty, plus kicking balls with his left foot to improve his balance.
“My left didn’t feel the same as my right so I’m trying to become ambidextrous,” Beckham Jr. said. “It’s something I’ve been trying recently, to get my left hand intact with the rest of my body. This was finding a way to be better.”
It’s not just a nutty diversion: studies on dexterity indicate that Beckham’s non-dominant-hand-exercises may help him achieve the desired results through the training of different nerves and muscular pathways.
If Tom Willis, the man with no arms who has thrown out a first pitch at about two dozen MLB ballparks, has taught us nothing else, it’s that strong-minded humans can train their bodies to do nearly anything.
It helps that Beckham Jr. is working with an unusually large set of paws. They’re 10-inches wide (tip of thumb to little finger), requiring 3-XL gloves.
It would also help the wideout’s cause if he refrained from punching Gatorade containers with either of those precious hands: