After a while, kids get bored hitting balls off a single batting tee. Additionally, players may get away with incorrect habits, when only hitting the stationary ball on one batting tee. To add some variety and challenge to batting tee practice, two tee-batting drills are good for helping gain the perfect baseball swing. The following two-tee batting drills do just that.
For batters, who pop up or swing under a great number of balls, the "high, low tee drill" helps. This drill develops a compact swing and eliminates the long, uppercut swing. This drill works best on high pitches in the strike zone, which are common pitches that batters drop the barrel on, with popped up or missed balls the result. It is necessary to note that, in order to correct bad swing fundamentals, having players slightly exaggerate the opposite of their bad habits, helps correct players' swings.
Line one tee a foot behind the other with both in line towards the pitcher. Put a ball on each tee with the ball on the tee closest to the catcher a ball's width lower than the front ball both balls are out front of the hitter in the contact zone. Hitters should miss the rear ball but hit line drives on the front ball. At first, ground balls usually result with this drill, but overtime, players turn them into solid line drives.
For players who step differently based on the pitched location, or who do not understand where to make contact on various pitch locations, the following drill is a good first step to correcting those. The "inside/outside tee drill" develops contact points, understanding of contact points and the same strides.
Set one tee on the outside corner about 4 inches in front of the lead leg and the other tee on the inside corner about two feet in front of hitter. After the stride, hitters hit the ball (inside or outside) called by the coach. When players have no coach to call out, they alternate hitting one than the other, after taking the same stride before swinging. When done correctly, contact is on one ball, and balls are driven to the direction of the struck ball. With the incorrect swing, players will hot both balls. Helping batters understand that the stride is the same on every pitch, with contact points being different, is usually necessary for inexperienced players.
For batters, who pull their head, front shoulder or roll their wrists early on the swing the "two tee in line drill" develops correct swing extension, as well as keeping the front shoulder from pulling off the ball.
Set two tees in line with a ball at the same height on each tee and about a foot apart. The ball closest to the hitter is out front of them in the prime contact-hitting zone. The object is to hit line drives with both balls, which is possible if hitting the inside back of ball closest to the hitter and extending through the second ball, without rolling the wrists too early.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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