The Uncommon Denominator: Why some Athletes make it and some don’t?

The Uncommon Denominator: Why some Athletes make it and some don’t?

Have you ever stopped to realize why some Athletes rise to the top while others aren’t quite good enough to hang at the professional level for long, if they ever even make it…  

Take your best guess!?  WE can WAIT for YOU…

The answer may come as a surprise to most, but for the longest time we’ve been watching, we’ve been listening and we’ve been paying attention to one small similarity between 95% of athletes to make it to the professional level from the collegiate level. 


The makeup of an athlete is best described as a group of skills that adds up to the sum of 100%. The last 5% outside of the 95% is the sheer talent and determination to quell the naysayers, and rise-up with a ferocity that only the elite athletes carry with them through their daily activities. This has been proven time and time again in most major sports where Athletes must use a combination of their hands, feet, and mind to outwit the competition and rise through the ranks.

Let’s now dig into a few different topics, including the thought process behind this post, as well as the arguments for and against hand eye coordination being the most important skill an athlete can obtain.


The neural connection between the brain and the hand is imperative to success in the following sports and without it you’ll be ‘Left Out’.  There is no possible way to achieve prestige and success at the highest levels if one cannot fully grasp the power between their hands and their eyes.   

Let's start with the list of sports that require the player to maintain and use their hand eye coordination quite often when you truly get down to basics.  We will only include sports that have an international following as I’m sure there are some games that would make this list if not for the quirky objectives and lack of popularity amongst different parts of the world!

The Hand Eye Coordination List:

General Sports/Activities: 

  1. Golf
  2. Baseball
  3. Hockey
  4. Basketball
  5. Football
  6. Boxing
  7. Tennis
  8. Volleyball
  9. Cricket
  10. Rugby

Olympic Sports (Less Comm

  1. Table Tennis
  2. Sport Climbing
  3. Wrestling
  4. Handball
  5. Archery
  6. Curling
  7. Fencing
  8. Mixed Martial Arts

Now after a quick read through of these lists we can begin to see the bigger picture coming into focus. As a spectator you only need your eyes to enjoy the “game,” but the players...they need Hand & Eye Coordination as though it were life support.  There’s ways to earn this over time, with countless, tireless, effort, but in the end part of what people refer to as “God given talent” means you either have “it” or you don't. This is why some amazing athletes in the collegiate level can’t quite hack it in the pros. Now you know! 


Not all sports require Hand Eye Coordination. You’ll notice one major sport that was left off the list, Futbol, or as us Americans call it, Soccer. 

Does a sport that uses only the feet and legs require Hand Eye Coordination? So let’s conduct a quick thought experiment to answer our question. Most will tell you that soccer is played between the ears and inside the feet, but when the moment finally comes and all the theatrics, flopping, and fancy footwork has become the past it's the goalie’s outstretched hand giving every fingertip and muscle their best effort to make contact with the laser beam of an upper 90 degree shot only to deflect it just enough to save a goal. What helped the goalie save the game winning goal, for the other team? Well, as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, it was his Hand Eye Coordination that may have saved his teams hopes, his career, and in some parts of the world, his life… Sure,  this may come as a surprise to Soccer lovers across the world or may be no surprise at all, but without your most talented, flexible, hand eye, laser focused player in goal, you’ll find that your team is going nowhere, and nowhere fast. Furthermore, it isn’t natural to not instinctively use your hands, so even the forwards, defense, and sweepers have to consistently display Hand Eye Coordination through the focus of NOT using their hands...wild, right? 

There are ways to train your eyes, many ways to train your hands, and probably even more ways to train your brain, but the connection between the hands and eyes is where people cease being ordinary, and become legends. Check out our products at

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