Are you Goofy-footed? Scientific Quest...

A talk with @steve77 the other day got us thinking, probably more so got 'me' thinking...

I've held the non-scientific belief since youth that 'goofy -footed' was simply what you called someone who didn't ski the same as YFF (Your Foot Forward). Steve offered the perfectly logical explanation that it meant skiing with the same foot forward as your dominant hand - i.e. right hander with right foot forward is goofy.

Hmm...that's where y'all come in - I need data! Let's see if the numbers support the assertion.

For fun - has anybody ever switched which foot forward?

Are you Goofy-footed? Scientific Quest...

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  • KillerKiller Posts: 360 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    Goofy is right foot on the board, left foot push/behind, there's no debate or science behind it.

    APB
  • DonTDonT Posts: 58 Baller
    I'm left-handed and ski RFF
    Another variation would be "what is your dominant foot" and which foot if forward. I'm left handed, right foot dominant and ski RFF - now that's goofy
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,389 Mega Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski RFF
    Surf term turned skate term turned snowboard term turned wakeboard term...

    I don't agree with the concept of "goofy footed" in any sport other than surfing...

    sunvalleylaw
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,002 Crazy Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski RFF
    I have always said those that can’t remember which foot forward they are should have it tattooed on the bottom of their feet...
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
    MarkSAU
  • HortonHorton Posts: 26,978 Administrator
    edited January 9
    I'm right-handed and ski RFF
    Back in the 70s and in some parts of the country more people are simply taught to ski left foot forward. In the modern era wise coaches are more likely to test a brand-new skier for dominant foot and put dominant foot forward. When it is all said and done I'm not sure if somebody who is dominant foot back he's going to actually ride their ski much differently than somebody who is dominant foot forward. Now if you want to get into a whole different discussion the question is - is there an advantage of being one foot forward or the other.

    I think it is empirical that most people are right hand and foot dominant. For whatever it is worth I am right hand and right foot dominant but left eye dominant. Maybe that explains my path into 2 4 6 at 38.

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  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,609 Mega Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    But I trick right foot forward!
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  • ToddFToddF Posts: 531 Baller
    I'm left-handed and ski RFF
    I ski rff left handed, skate board, surf and wake board left foot forward and always tie my right shoe first, :*
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 206 Baller
    I'm left-handed and ski RFF
    I'm left handed, kick left foot, golf and bat right handed, ski RFF & left hand up on handle
    smalor
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 949 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I'm right-handed and ski RFF
    I am/was RFF and right handed. After my skiing accident I’m either going to have to give up skiing or try to swap and become LFF.....if that’s even possible.
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 206 Baller
    I'm left-handed and ski RFF
    @Orlando76 if you love to ski and it's physically possible you will be an awesome LFF skier!
    nzwaterski
  • slowslow Posts: 346 Solid Baller
    edited January 10
    I'm left-handed and ski RFF
    Left handed, right foot forward, right hand on top grip. Kick with right foot but golf left handed.
  • Bookm_danoBookm_dano Posts: 82 Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    Right handed but left eye dominant. Surf, ski and skateboard LFF. Kick right footed... Shoot right handed.. Good luck figuring out what any of this all means. 🤯
    rockdog
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 541 Crazy Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    Same as @Bookm_dano . The majority I always thought!

    Goofy footed was and always be the term for RFF. The tiniest community on earth (waterskiers) cannot change the term for an eternity used by millions of surfers and skateboarders all over the world. It amazes that some people aren’t aware of this.
    jcampbajaBookm_dano
  • slowslow Posts: 346 Solid Baller
    I'm left-handed and ski RFF
    Easily amazed
  • MSMS Posts: 5,105 Mega Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski RFF
    But I shoot from left in hockey.
    Shut up and ski
    Skoot1123Lieutenant Danballsohard
  • TaperflexTaperflex Posts: 51 Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    I've always said, you are either RIGHT foot forward, or CORRECT foot forward! Or you could go with the earring thing...Left is right, and right is wrong...
  • owolffowolff Posts: 6 Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    Do everything LFF but kick/hit/shoot/everything else with right side.
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 177 Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    is there a missing group of votes as the numbers ad up to only 97% . Expecting the splits to be of 100% of the votes
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 909 Crazy Baller
    I'm left-handed and ski LFF
    @MDB1056 round off error.
    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
  • mfjaegersrmfjaegersr Posts: 94 Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    So...at 140 votes, there certainly some conclusions one could reach:

    *Overwhelming % of right-hand dominant among us, nicely inline with the generally-accepted world average of 10% lefties.

    *There appears to be no correlation between hand dominance and foot forward, as the results are split almost 50/50.

    *There appear to be some interesting/amusing exceptions to the hand-dominance rules too ( @slow @ToddF @Jody_Seal ) ; mine is shooting the basketball left handed, though I'm RHD. (Why? I could shoot with either hand, coach said pick one or you'll never be any good...and then I broke my right hand; choice made. I was still never that good...)

    *The term goofy-foot appears to have deep roots outside of skiing, and apparently it's emotionally stirring for some.

    It likely comes down to one of a couple factors that determine YFF:
    - Dad, brother, uncle, cousin skied XFF, so you did too
    - An instructor tested your foot dominance or other, and suggested XFF
    - Trial and Error

    Other possible factors?
    - Regional and or generational trends as @Horton suggests
    - Learned as a kid or adult
    - Learned by dropping a ski
    - Learned behind underpowered boat

    Now then, for the bigger question - 'is there an advantage of being one foot forward or the other?' Of course, @Horton : if they were side by side, that'd be...like...combos, Holmes. B)
    moski
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,389 Mega Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski RFF
    My opinion is advantage goes to LFF.

    They might have a disadvantage at the gate but you get a gate 100% of passes you ski. I dont ever feel like there is a RFF advantage through the exit gate from 6. Maybe even an advantage to LFF standing up through the gate after a good 6.
  • slowslow Posts: 346 Solid Baller
    I'm left-handed and ski RFF
    I am more interested in whether you have your dominant foot in front or back. I assume my dominant foot is the one I kick a football with. My dominant foot is my right, which is forward
    Horton
  • HortonHorton Posts: 26,978 Administrator
    I'm right-handed and ski RFF
    I'm not sure what hand dominance has to do with anything. Foot dominance really should be the question.

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  • mfjaegersrmfjaegersr Posts: 94 Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    I can't figure out how to edit this poll; dare I start a second with the foot-dominance clarifier?
    slow
  • Southside_MikeSouthside_Mike Posts: 16 Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski RFF
    Very few people talk about goofy and regular in wakeboarding these days. It causes a lot of confusion with the concept of regular being your natural stance versus your switch stance.
    As far as I know, when this has been looked at in wakeboarding the split is about 50:50 so it is clearly not related to handedness. It would be more interesting to see how it relates to kicking foot (assuming Americans do much of that sort of thing)
  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 337 Crazy Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski RFF
    Which side of the ski do you place your rope on a deep water start? Apparently I'm backward, rope is on the right side of the ski and I'm right foot forward.
    Deanoski
  • Pat MPat M Posts: 644 Crazy Baller
    I'm left-handed and ski LFF
    I am left handed for all of my fine motor skills but in most sports I’m right handed. Left handed in hockey and racquet sports. So I’m not exactly normal
  • TELTEL Posts: 259 Solid Baller
    I'm right-handed and ski LFF
    I am right handed left foot front. But I am left foot dominant (kick a ball with my left foot). As a sprinter as a kid my left foot was in the front starting block, so I learned to ski that way. Strike 2, I hold the handle wrong.

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