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The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook by Laurie Hayball, Jerry Holway

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Put the rig on the other side

goofy foot

Goofy foot is operating normally with the sled on the right side. It is the mirror image of what we call “normal” — operating with the sled on the left side. The term is borrowed from surfing (it's a California thing, dudes) for those crazy guys who put their left foot forward on the board. Or is it the right foot?

In general, there is no advantage or disadvantage to operating on one side or the other, and (perhaps strangely) it is not more natural to operate goofy footed if you are left-handed or right-handed. Certain shots and situations are easier if operated on one side or the other, but it's pretty rare that a shot can only be done one way.

So why are so few people goofy footed, and more importantly, ...

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