OUR FIRST ATHLETE IN GOOGLE GLASS
We'll be sharing a little more often regarding our experience with Google Glass and how it's helping our industry of Sports Vision Training. We're very appreciative to Google for choosing us to be part of their Glass Explorer Program. With this particular post we're going to be using them on Daniel Robertson from the Oakland A's. We just met Daniel this year through Dave Coggin's facility PFA. He's really taken to the training and we're going to point out one particular area of Sports Vision that is so vital, yet overlooked by so many athletes. It's the ability to focus on one particular aspect to make you more efficient as an athlete. The theory is, when you focus on one particular detail, whether easy or difficult, the rest of your performance lets muscle memory take over and you're able to perform by letting your mind relax. The first video is of our athlete before we tell him to focus on something:
You'll notice that we have Daniel on a balance beam while he's walking back and forth throwing rings to each side of his body. He has to catch each ring (right side with his right hand, left side with his left hand) and hold them all while still catching the other rings coming his way. There's a lot going on with this drill but you'll notice how much his head moves and at the end of the video you even see that he has missed a handful of rings. Now we'll show you after we told him to focus on one thing:
He's able to catch all of the rings and his head stays more steady during the drill. It still moves around, but not nearly as bad as the other one. The only thing we told him to do was to focus on his footwork. One foot in front of another. We ended up working on this with him a couple more times, but you get the point. He focused on the most difficult part of the drill so his muscle memory was able to take over and he caught ever ring and held his balance the entire time. Before the Google Glass, I honestly didn't even notice how much his head was moving, but now that I can have him record himself while doing drills and review it right after, I'm able to make our training that much more effective.