Hitting a Fastball in Baseball – Is Vision Involved?

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“Hitting is Timing” was what Warren Spahn said. The Batting Stance Guy shows you just how important or unimportant stance is, depending on how you look at it. 

The vision factor kicks in the second the pitcher’s wind-up commences. The visual system of the brain takes cues from where the image of the pitchers wind-up lands on the back surface of the eye (the retina). When the image of the wind-up hits the retinas of the eyes, the brain starts calculating based on the batters observation of (1) where the pitcher’s eyes are focused, (2) the speed with which the wind-up occurs and (3) the angle of his shoulders in relation to the rest of his body.

We have all heard of binocular vision and this is where both eyes seeing together is gives us our best ability to judge one object’s distance from another. The better our binocular vision the…

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