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Old 02-14-2014, 05:08 AM   #1
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My son (5) is just starting to show an interest in driving an RC car around the house. He's left handed.

Intuitively, he grabs the controller with his right hand, then holds it to his chest and reaches around to the wheel from underneath.

This looks extremely uncomfortable to me and I have tried to guide him towards a couple of other postures (hand over the top, right-handed) but he goes straight back to the controller on the chest (unsurprisingly).

My question is this... should I let him continue to find his own way around a right-handed transmitter, or is it worth seeking out a left-handed transmitter (old Futaba 3PK for example) and get him to have a more ergonomic position (to a right hander's eyes)?
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My son (5) is just starting to show an interest in driving an RC car around the house. He's left handed.

Intuitively, he grabs the controller with his right hand, then holds it to his chest and reaches around to the wheel from underneath.

This looks extremely uncomfortable to me and I have tried to guide him towards a couple of other postures (hand over the top, right-handed) but he goes straight back to the controller on the chest (unsurprisingly).

My question is this... should I let him continue to find his own way around a right-handed transmitter, or is it worth seeking out a left-handed transmitter (old Futaba 3PK for example) and get him to have a more ergonomic position (to a right hander's eyes)?
It's amazing how fast kids will adapt to things.

I think the 3pk, may be to heavy and the grip to big for his small hands and fingers. 4pk's are lighter and left hand friendly as well, however on the pricey side.

The DX3R/S or new DX4's may be a better choice for him. It is lighter and has a smaller and rounder hand grip as well as being able to go left handed.
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:01 AM   #3
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Like this? I'd say let it go...mark burt is pretty good and he drives really funny.
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I've known a couple of very good drivers that drove "over the top", like this. If that's what works for him, and it's comfortable for him, then there's nothing wrong with it.
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Me personally I drive how I feel is the most comfortable, for myself. So if he is comfortable doing it his way then he will continue to improve his way. Maybe at some point at a later age, if he continues to grow and has a great passion for the hobby invest in a left handed controller. In the meantime let him do his thing
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I got the same problem, my son is almost 5 and left handed.
The only available transmitters that can be rebuild to left handed seems to be the high end ones.
We also tried a Sanwa stick transmitter, but that one is too large and too heavy to hold for some minutes.
The Spektrum's are great for small hands, my daughter (8, and right handed) likes the DX3C with small grips and light weight. Just the max brake position is too far away.
Flipping over the transmitter is not a very good solution, very uncomfortable to drive.
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My son (5) is just starting to show an interest in driving an RC car around the house. He's left handed.

Intuitively, he grabs the controller with his right hand, then holds it to his chest and reaches around to the wheel from underneath.

This looks extremely uncomfortable to me and I have tried to guide him towards a couple of other postures (hand over the top, right-handed) but he goes straight back to the controller on the chest (unsurprisingly).

My question is this... should I let him continue to find his own way around a right-handed transmitter, or is it worth seeking out a left-handed transmitter (old Futaba 3PK for example) and get him to have a more ergonomic position (to a right hander's eyes)?
Yes let him drive the way he feels better controlling his car , I'm not lefty but can only drive a left handed radio. It just feels better for me. Same for him. Good luck
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Sounds like the transmitter is faulty. Why is there a wheel on it?
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At 5 years old it already feels natural, leave him to get on with it, or get him a sticky, there are a lot of very fast drivers using them (still most popular by far in the UK).

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Sometimes it stinks to be left handed, eh?

KO has you covered but it's gonna cost you that left arm to get the KIY with a left hand grip.

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...Hand-Grip-Unit
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I'm left handed and I've always drove right handed, when i started i didn't know there were radios that would flip. I'd say let him do whatever but stick with the right handed radio so others can drive the car and give input on the setup ect...
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Get one of the spektrums and left hand them. its the lightest cheapest way to do it. I personally have driving airtronics for years as a lefty. Might pick up a used m11x but I might still be a bit heavy for them. Use a lipo for battery will lighten any radio. You can get them lower mah and keep it light. Only need 500mah
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left handed here also. BUt when i started there was no Wheel radios. OR the Futaba just came out, SO learned to drive right handed and only way i know how.
BUt maybe see if anyone you know has a radio that will convert to LH and let him try, if not. whatever is comfortable.
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I'm also a lefty and use the controller right handed. I love the throttle control it gives me over using a left handed controller. Makes sense to me to have your dominant hand doing fine throttle/brake controls. But if that's the way he drives let him keep at it! And later on pick him up a switchable controller. That way he can try it with a traditional lefty setup or the way he current does it. But the longer he does something the more comfortable it will become.
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