So you want to improve your eye-hand coordination? It should be better. Next, you'll want to practice drills that improve your central and your peripheral vision, as well as your ability to react quickly and accurately to what you're seeing. To improve central vision, Horn recommends tossing a tennis ball against a wall and practicing catching it with one hand, and then the other. It works for Darrelle Revis! Playing a fast-paced game of catch with a partner can be a great way to boost eye-hand skills, too.
The term "hand-eye coordination" describes the ability of your body's visual system to process information received through the eyes and use it to direct the movements of the hands. Tennis, golf, baseball and basketball players obviously require this skill, but optimal interactions among the brain, the eyes and the limbs are also essential to simple, daily functional tasks. Hand-eye coordination is a complex neurological process. It begins when the eyes send visual information to the brain, which in turn integrates the data and turns them into a three-dimensional image. Two systems help the brain accomplish this task: The focal system identifies the object, and the ambient system the object's position in space. Once the information is processed, the cerebellum, located in the hindbrain, controls the motor coordination responsible for the task. Indications of impaired hand-eye coordination become evident quickly when observing an affected child or adult performing a simple task.
You know that moment when someone tosses you the car keys and time goes into slow-mo? What if they miss your hand and hit you in the face? Good coordination—the kind you need to toss or catch a set of keys—is fundamental to all sort of things you want to do with your body.