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How to improve your game through perfect vision

Good vision is, perhaps, one of the most underrated skills that any sporting professional has. Yet it is unquestionably one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your sporting performance – especially in a sport where you make use of hand-eye-coordination!

Whether you’re serious about sport, or more focused on having fun, there are a couple of ways that you can quickly improve your game through your eyesight.

Your vision needs to be clear

To be accurate in sport you need to have clear vision, so it’s really important to make regular visits your Optician regardless of whether you’re a current glasses wearer or not. Your Optician can check that your eyes are in good health, and will test your eyesight to make sure you don’t need vision correction or an updated prescription. If you haven’t already trialed them, it’s worth asking your Optician about wearing contact lenses for sport. Having crisp, clear and uninterrupted vision can be the difference between winning and losing.

One sport contact lenses have had a particular impact on is cricket. Long gone are the batters like Geoffrey Boycott and David Steele who played with a pair of spectacles perched on the end of their nose. In fact Daniel Vettori is the only top level international cricket player remaining that hasn’t opted for contact lenses.

Find out which is your dominant eye

Most people know which is their dominant hand, but don’t realise that they also have a dominant eye. By identifying this you will be one step ahead of your competition as you can position yourself in a way that gives you better hand-eye-coordination, and better aim.

If you play tennis, golf, cricket or any sport that requires accuracy take this test because a simple tilt of the head could give you that extra edge:

  1. Form a triangular shaped gap with your hands by overlapping your right thumb and index finger over your left
  2. Hold your hands up in front of you at arms length
  3. Focus on a single object across the room, and look at it through the triangle you have formed
  4. Close your left eye
  5. If you can still see the object, you’re right eye dominant. If not, try closing your right eye. Which ever eye keeps the object visible through the triangular hole is your dominant eye.

You can easily improve your hand-eye coordination by relying more on your dominant eye while taking aim by altering the position of your head. You can also improve the strength of your weaker eye as a longer term goal. Some people achieve this by putting an eye patch on their dominant eye.

If you’ve experienced an improvement in sport by perfecting your vision, or have any other tips to share, tell us about it in the comment box below!