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NorthEndZone
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What sports skills are most difficult to learn

If you were given an 18 year old in excellent physical condition who had lived in a cave all his life and had NEVER done any of these things, which ones would be most difficult to train him to the point that he would perform at a world-class level:

In alphabetical order...

1 Baseball - Fielding
2 Baseball - Hitting
3 Baseball - Pitching
4 Basketball - Dribbling
5 Basketball - Shooting
6 Diving - all
7 Football - Placekicking
8 Football - Punting
9 Football - Throwing
10 Golf - all
11 Gymnastics - all
12 Ice Hockey - all
13 Soccer - dribbling
14 Soccer - shooting/kicking
15 Swimming - all
16 Tennis - all
17 Track & Field - High Jumping
18 Track & Field - Hurdling
19 Track & Field - Pole Vaulting
20 Volleyball - all

#2 is obviously tough - 30% success is outstanding. The others are hard to rank and none of them are easy. Golf is the least physically demanding but requires great precision.


JEAUXBLEAUX
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
Curling - broom


DaTigahDen
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
Baseball Hitting, Baseball Pitching, Golf


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tigerdup07
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
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Curling - broom


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BilJ
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
so the most difficult things to learn in football are place kicking and punting?


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tigerdup07
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
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12 Ice Hockey - all


after ice skating a couple of times, i will vote for this one.



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Perrenial Powerhouse
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
Hitting a baseball at a world class level would mean being able to hit a mid to high 90s pitch, which to me would be the most difficult on that list.


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OWLFAN86
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
I'll assume you mean learn and be able to perform effectively in competition.

if not,, I don't care ,,this is my list top 5

12- the skating alone makes this a tough one to learn and be able to play effectively,, then toss in all the other skills required.

2 Hitting a baseball is the single toughest thing to do in sports

3 throwing strike and not being pounded ,, almost as tough as hitting

9 throwing a ball accurately under duress, right up there with 2&3

1- Playing infield,, esp SS. not something you can just learn and do, takes years and years to be good at it


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Elleshoe
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
#1 - wrestling


tigerdup07
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
ping pong against the asians can't be too easy.




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fightingtiger2335
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn

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13 Soccer - dribbling


I love playing all sports..and to be able to dribble and move around with the ball at full speed is impossible for me to do. I'm always impressed watching breakaways because of this.

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12 Ice Hockey - all


Skating backwards, while controlling a puck on your stick, right way to shoot...very very tough.


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MrKennedy
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
in my humble unathletic opinion...

hitting a baseball
pitching a baseball
throwing a football
fielding a baseball
playing ice hockey
gymnastics
golf
diving
Then all the rest.


Tiger Ryno
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
one of my friends was/is a major league pitcher (john thomson). in the offseason of his rookie year I was in college and he came to visit me and another friend. I just wanted to stand in a batters box and see what it looked like to have a 93mph heater thrown 8 inches away from your nuts.

I didn't even grab a bat because I knew it was futile. He obliged and threw a pitch that I didn't really even see. It was just a blur. There was no way in hell I could have even fouled it off.

Hitting that has got to be the hardest thing in the world.

He later threw me a curve which looked like it was going to hit me square in the head and it ended up almost scraping the ground.

I just wasn't cut out for the SHOW.


lsutiger2486
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
I would say dunking on people in the NBA would be pretty tough.

Being able to be a great passer in the NFL. I don't understand how they can throw the ball over 40 yards, put it over the shoulder of a WR, and hit him in the hands in stride.
This post was edited on 4/1 at 2:26 pm


Checkmateking2
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
Golf by far


Tiger Ryno
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
I can practice and get way better at golf (not pro level) than if I practiced hitting MLB pitching. Most people don't get pro-level at golf because its expensive and you need to quit your job and practice all the time working with a great swing coach.

I'm convinced that If I was rich and dedicated my self to golf full time witha good coach I could be scratch and maybe even make the nationwide tour.


geauxgiacomo
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
I would agree with the nuts on your shoulder dunk being the most difficult followed by baseball and golf.


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TigersRuleTheEarth
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
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I would say dunking on people in the NBA would be pretty tough


Not if the dude is over 6'4", then it's just jumping and jumping isn't that hard.


Towelie
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
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What sports skills are most difficult to learn
If you were given an 18 year old in excellent physical condition who had lived in a cave all his life and had NEVER done any of these things, which ones would be most difficult to train him to the point that he would perform at a world-class level


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Gymnastics - all


Hands down.


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cwill
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re: What sports skills are most difficult to learn
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I would say dunking on people in the NBA would be pretty tough




Not if the dude is over 6'4", then it's just jumping and jumping isn't that hard.


Exactly. It's barely a skill, it's mostly athleticism.

#1 is hitting a MLB pitched baseball.


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