"It's for real," he said, and he proceeded to show me the grip on the "lefty" paddle.
If you look at the paddle in the first picture, you'll see a typical paddle grip. Notice the way the spiral grip matches the angle of my fingers when I hold it with my right hand.
Now look at the next picture, which is the same paddle in my left hand. (I moved my thumb out of the way to show the grip better.) The angle of my fingers and the angle of the wraps are opposite, and it's not nearly as comfortable.