Many people falsely assume that just because you have 20/20 eyesight, you don’t need vision training. But please understand that eyesight is not the same as vision. Vision is the ability to interpret what is being seen. While eyesight of less than 20/20 can, in most cases be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, this does little to improve vision. The most effective way to improve specific visual skills is through vision training.
It is also a myth that our visual skills are largely inherited. In other words, we are born with a visual system that will only develop to a certain level of performance, and then it is set in stone. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While it is true that champion athletes do have excellent visual skills, it is also true that the average athlete, with proper training, can greatly improve their visual skills, perhaps to that of an elite athlete.
In sports, the slower the object moves, the more time a player has to visually read the information and respond. As the speed increases, the visual time allowed for the “read” decreases. Better players react quicker, whether by hitting the fastball, fielding the sharply hit ground ball, catching the deflected pass, shooting the jump-shot with a man in your face, or returning a wicked serve.
The more adept an athlete is at reading the visual information more quickly, the better the consistency of his/her performance.
Every athlete, regardless of the sport, needs quick reactions and accurate judgmental skills. Their entire visual system must be operating at peak efficiency in order to generate the proper actions and reactions necessary for consistently top performance.