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    The Importance of the Batting Tee

    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    As unexciting as hitting baseballs off of a batting tee can be, it is easily one of the most important tools for any baseball or softball player in regarding to developing a consistent batting approach and swing. What a tee provides more than any other drill is consistency. While the ball sits in an idle position, the player has the ability to take their time in setting themselves up and control their timing and approach. Variables are eliminated. Mechanics can be exaggerated allowing for muscle memory to take over. A consistent stance and approach leads to the player obtaining a comfort level which in turn will translate to success.


    * 2-0 Count-Player places the tee where they would look for a pitch with a 2-0 count. Visualize the pitcher going back in their windup to time your load.

    * Inside/Outside Pitch-Player places the tee where they would make contact with the ball on in an inside/outside pitch. Work on barreling up the inside pitch by exaggerating a short path. Take the outside pitch the other way by seeing the ball deep and staying over the contact area.

    * Right Foot/Left Foot/Hands (For a right-handed batter. Switch feet for a lefty)-Player stands towards the back end of the batters box and brings their back foot to their front and then softly strides forward. By creating movement with your lower half you exaggerate landing softly enough to prevent gliding into the baseball. Player should finish with their head in between their feet.

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