Case Study

Client Name: Sara
Assessment Type: Sports Vision
Sara is a keen club golfer. She felt her vision may be contributing to her lack of consistency in handicap so she came to the Vision Performance Hub for an in-depth examination.

Case Study

Client Name: Sara
Assessment Type: Sports Vision
Sara is a keen club golfer. She felt her vision may be contributing to her lack of consistency in handicap so she came to the Vision Performance Hub for an in-depth examination.

Sports Vision Assessment: Golfer Sara

Sara consulted with the Vision Performance Hub through the recommendation by a mutual friend. She explained she was a keen club golfer with a handicap of 14.3, but with the ability on occasions to play to 5!

Initial Consultation & Results : February 2024

Sara felt her vision may be contributing to her lack of consistency and stopping her from improving.

Her main areas of concern were her lack of visual attention, her ability to be easily distracted by what was going on around her and her difficulty judging distances and reading greens.

In-depth examination gave some interesting results.

Firstly, Sara had undergone laser surgery approximately 12 years ago to correct her shortsightedness. While her right eye still retained in sharp focus the left had regressed significantly and was considerably short-sighted again. This lack of balance between the two eyes was certainly impacting on both her long and short game. This was especially significant as Sara is right-handed, so her left eye is closest to the hole which makes aiming and the reading of the put much more difficult.

We rectified this imbalance simply by fitting one eye with a contact lens. Sara spoke to me after her first round of golf with the lens in. She commented that immediately her long game had improved and how much more balanced she felt.

We have worked on her visual attention by employing a ‘Quiet Eye ‘strategy which works really well for golf as well as other ‘aiming’ sports. This involves concentrating on a small spot on the back of the ball for 2-3 seconds before you strike the ball and equally importantly keeping your attention on the spot where the ball was for at least 2 seconds after you have made the stroke.

Sara is also practicing using ‘Strobe Specs’ to improve her control of her peripheral awareness. These spectacles were originally developed by Nike in the USA. The lenses flicker from being transparent and opaque at different intervals. This means your brain which is easily distracted must concentrate on the task in hand as it is receiving less visual information. Research indicates these can improve your visual attention and so improve both putting and chipping.

In addition, regular training on the Senaptec Station at the Visual Performance Hub is helping to support the vision training she is doing at home and on the golf club practice ground.

Sara said: “I am excited about the start of the competitive season this month, as I’m already starting to reap the benefits of the sports vision training programme. Stuart and I are both very keen to see how my consistency improves.”

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