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07-13-2004, 11:03 PM
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Hand Eye Coordination

It is something that plays a role in pretty much every sport.

I always tended to think that baseball players had the best hand eye coordination.

How does everyone rank sports (mostly the major ones) in terms of hand eye coordination (or foot eye)?

I would say that hockey has got to be in the top 3. I would like to see someone with poor hand eye coodination stickhandle up the ice and then take a shot, with their head up the whole time. Boxing also requires some pretty good hand eye coordination.

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Batting in baseball takes some serious hand-eye coordination, or incredible luck.

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Table Tennis

and the obvious: Handball

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Juggling...although I'm not sure that qualifies as a sport.

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Juggling...although I'm not sure that qualifies as a sport.
It does if you use a chainsaw.I'd say any of the raquet sports rate high on the list.

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Yeah, baseball is amazing.

Hitting a round ball with a round bat...I mean all it takes is for you to be a quarter of an inch off, and a homerun becomes a lazy fly ball.

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Tennis most definitely IMO..

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Trying hitting a Randy Johnson fastball...

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I remember a study done about 10 years ago by a US university on
what are the most skilled sports to play and Hockey was #1, followed
by Soccer & Golf now thats not to say hitting a baseball is an easy thing
to do but as a whole baseball isn't as skilled as some of the other sports.

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It's far from as mainstream in North America, but badminton certainly qualifies as a top sport in terms of hand eye coordination. It's a vastly faster moving game (especially doubles) than tennis.

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I remember a study done about 10 years ago by a US university on
what are the most skilled sports to play and Hockey was #1, followed
by Soccer & Golf now thats not to say hitting a baseball is an easy thing
to do but as a whole baseball isn't as skilled as some of the other sports.
ESPN also did a "study"...more like an opinionated list...anyhow here it is...

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...t=handEye#grid

In terms of hand eye coordination...they have baseball first...then tennis and such...but Auto Racing before hockey??? Haha thats a joke. Get real espn.

Another one I never thought of even though I played for a couple years is lacrosse.

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Baseball for sure IMO

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If anyone's interested in this topic, or others similar, this is a great site - it's based out of the UK, so I don't think they really mention hockey too often,,,,,but the information itself is wicked. bi-lateral coordination / training

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Tennis most definitely IMO..
Lets see..with tennis you've got a 12 inch(or however big it is) racket to hit theball with..in baseball you've got a round bat trying to hit a round ball, and that ball isnt always moving in a straight line. Hitting a baseball requires more hand-eye coordination than just about anything I can think of...as someone else said...if your just 1/4 of an inch(or less) off, then a monster home run turns into a lazy fly ball to the outfield.

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Lets see..with tennis you've got a 12 inch(or however big it is) racket to hit theball with..in baseball you've got a round bat trying to hit a round ball, and that ball isnt always moving in a straight line. Hitting a baseball requires more hand-eye coordination than just about anything I can think of...as someone else said...if your just 1/4 of an inch(or less) off, then a monster home run turns into a lazy fly ball to the outfield.
I agree that hitting a baseball is extremely difficult, but don't give tennis short shrift. In tennis, you can't just hit it anywhere on the racquet, or you'll shank it. High-level tennis players hit the ball on the same exact part of the strings over and over again. They also have a far smaller area in which to hit the ball, as opposed to baseball, so control is mandatory.

You also have to hit the ball while you're moving, and while the other player is trying to hit it away from you (not throwing it into a narrowly defined area). You have to hit high balls, low balls, far-away balls, balls right at your face -- many different swing paths. And rarely does a professional tennis player hit a ball that isn't spinning heavily, not one that's moving in a straight line.

Of course, this doesn't take into account fielding in baseball, which incorporates more of the elements of tennis (movement and unpredictability). That should be considered in addition to hitting when talking about baseball.

Both sports have been ones in which people with average athletic ability (ie, speed and agility) could succeed on the basis of superior eye-hand coordination. Tennis is not really that way anymore (especially on the men's side), and I guess it depends on your position in baseball. I would think hockey requires more in the way of all-around athletic ability.

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deffinetly curling, squash and raquetball.

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Mario Lemieux used to do this drill where he'd have somebody just shoot pucks into the air perpendicular to him and he would shoot that puck down with another puck. That's hand-eye coordination. :-p

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