An overview of important vision skills for Golf

Published on
March 15, 2022

The sport of golf requires an exceptionally high level of concentration and precision. You need many vision skills to succeed while you play golf, whether you're playing long-range swings or shorter putts. A few improvements could make a big difference on the course. Regardless of whether you're an amateur who loves to play with his friends on weekends or a professional who plays at a college or professional level, sports vision therapy can significantly improve your golf performance.

What vision skills are the most important for golfers?

A combination of several visual skills is required to succeed at golf.

  •  Eye focusing: Improved eye focusing allows for more rapid switching between near and distant objects. In particular, improving this skill is incredibly important for putting.
  • Eye teaming: This is the ability to converge and diverge the eyes accurately and efficiently. Mastering this skill makes estimating the field and reading the greens easier.
  • Depth perception: This is your awareness of where you are in space in relation to other things. A golfer must be able to accurately judge the distance between the ball and the target and the conditions of the green in order to decide which club to use and hit the ball perfectly.
  • Visualization: In golf, which is a sport that demands intense concentration, visualization is particularly important. You'd be able to visualize where the ball is and where it's going with great visualization skills.
  • Hand-eye coordination: There is a lot that goes into making a good swing. Both hitting and putting the ball require extreme precision in order to get it to fly in the right direction with the right amount of force. Developing good hand-eye coordination can make the difference between a good swing and a great one.
  • Contrast sensitivity: This skill allows you to identify subtle differences in color that others may not notice. For example by improving contrast sensitivity, golfers can figure out the direction of the grain and whether the grass is wet or dry and adjust their approach accordingly.

Take your skills to the next level with sports vision training

Join Dr. Heather McBryar and her team of exceptional therapists at our Hixson TN office for sports vision training. We work with each athlete individually to improve the visual skills needed for their sport and position. We have extensive experience in functional vision training and optimizing vision for performance. 


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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