Is “Watch the ball” the best advice?

In most sports the ball is coming towards you. The most common visual mistake is not moving your point of focus to the contact zone. Whilst “watch the ball” is the most common advice, it isn’t necessarily the correct advice. Without going into too much detail, as the superior visual field is more reliable than the inferior visual field, the essence of “seeing the ball” involves meeting it at the intended point of contact and allowing your superior visual field to do the most of the tracking, or in fact “seeing”. This video demonstrates how two U18 Cricket Australia representatives drop their eyes to the point of contact and in doing so the head follows. This allows you to see the ball all of the way onto the bat, or the all important “contact zone”. The same applies for tennis, baseball and even the football codes.

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