To accomplish his latest athletic goal, Odell Beckham Jr. is putting in some serious training. His daily workouts now include brushing his teeth, shooting a basketball and using a fork. If he keeps this up, he’ll achieve his dream in no time.
What dream, you ask? Becoming ambidextrous.
For the unaware, ambidexterity refers to the ability to use the right and left hands equally well (or close to equally well).
According to an article from The Wall Street Journal, Beckham—a natural righty—has begun performing all of his daily tasks with his left hand. His goal is to build the same level of strength and dexterity he possesses with his right hand into his left hand, which he believes will help him improve as a player.
“This is going to help me,” Beckham told WSJ.com. “Why won’t this help me be more coordinated? You have to have [another hand], so you might as well use it.”
Beckham’s right hand is already plenty amazing. It was his right hand that snagged the jaw-dropping catch which turned him into a household name, and he used that same hand to make the crazy catches you’ve seen in his viral videos. Although he could certainly get by with one amazing hand, Beckham’s always felt that the ability to also make those kinds of plays with his left hand would make him a better overall player—and he’s right.
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Although to eliminate muscular imbalances, most athletes train their left and right sides equally in the weight room, Beckham has also begun performing every sort of task—no matter how menial—with his left hand. It might sound crazy, but every advantage counts—especially in a game of inches like football. Many tiny muscles in the arm, wrist, hand and fingers play a role in dexterity, so developing those muscles in his left side could be beneficial—especially for a receiver.
Beckham has already reported feeling the benefits. “The football is not a foreign object in this [left] hand now,” Beckham told WSJ.com. “You adapt the hand so you know the football is supposed to be in that hand, too. You can just feel it better.”
Will brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand suddenly make you a superstar? Probably not, but it definitely won’t hurt. Watch with us to see if Beckham’s improved left hand makes any special plays in the second half of the season.