Improving your reaction time is no different to training a muscle. It requires regular workouts to maintain and improve. Reaction Balls are a great tool to bring into your gaming and fitness training to help gain the winning edge over your competitor.
Reaction balls are small, unevenly shaped balls. Their main function is to bounce in an erratic and unpredictable fashion. They are used in sports training to improve hand-eye coordination and reaction times, both of which are transferable skills to eSports.
Reaction balls are very cheap, costing a couple of dollars, and come in different shapes and size. Multiple brands develop reaction balls, but most function the same. You can take the ball to the gym, or use outside. Don’t use the ball near delicate furniture, it’s only going to end in tears! Here are some basic exercises with the reaction ball to help train your reflexes.
Self bouncing and catching
For a simple exercise to do on your own, just throw the ball into the ground, react and catch it. Since your don’t know here the ball will bounce, you need to be alert and ready to catch the ball.
To make the exercise harder, throw the ball into the ground, spin around one time, and catch the ball. This gives you less time to react.
Have a partner throw the ball instead. This will require you to react faster since you are never sure when your partner is going to throw the ball.
For progression, the catcher has to close their eyes. The thrower shouts “Go!” when they release the ball from their hand. Alternatively, the catcher can just have their back to the ball, and then turn around when the thrower gives the command.
Face a wall with the ball. With an underhand stance, throw the ball at the wall to around head height. Let the ball bounce off the floor once, then catch it before it bounces again. This adds a second unpredictable bounce to the exercise, keeping your reflexes alert as you need to react to two bounces this time.
Alternatively, you can roll the ball across the floor at a decent pace, then react to the ball as it bounces off the wall. As you can imagine, this is even harder due to the amount of potential bounces and directions the ball can take.