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The Step Back Drill with Rick Eisenberg

What is it? 

This batting tee drill focuses on learning how to use your legs to generate power and bat speed. For many youth baseball players, learning how to use their legs and the lower half of their body to create a powerful swing can be difficult.

In this exclusive video, Coach Rick Eisenberg from GameDay Baseball shows us step by step how to use the batting tee drill called the step back drill. This is one of his favorite drills for power used to teach young baseball players how to properly use their legs and the bottom half of their body to generate a powerful swing. This excellent drill can be used from the youngest of players all the way up to Major League Baseball players.

Why is it important?

When learning how to swing a baseball bat it's much easier to be all "upper body" and just swing the bat with all arms. This effective drill helps hitters create muscle memory and learn what it feels like to begin the swing properly, with correct lower half swing mechanics. This is a critical step for any hitter who wants more power, bat speed, and solid contact in their baseball swing.  

Step-By-Step Instruction

A Quick Note: For the purposes of these instructions, we will be focusing on a right-hitter, but if you are a lefty, simply use the opposite position than the one mentioned.

Step One - The Ready Position 

To set up for the Step Back Drill, start in a narrow hitting stance, with your feet about shoulder width apart.

Step Two - Sink Back 

In the next part of this batting tee drill, step back and sink into your back hip/pelvis.  Focus on feeling the tension in your glutes and weight shift of your body weight when you sink back.  

Step Three - Swing Execution 


The last part of this key drill is to step forward, push off that back leg, and swing.  When you push off that back leg focus on feeling your weight transfer, this is where your power comes from.    

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We at Tanner Tees encourage you to utilize effective batting drills like the crossover drill above to enhance your skills - regardless of where you are in your baseball or softball journey. 


Be sure to check out our video drill library for even more fundamental drills throughout our website.

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About the Author

Joe H. Tanner Baseball Products was founded by retired coach Joe Tanner after nearly fifty years in baseball. Joe realized a need in the game and solved it with the first Tanner Tee prototype. It was lightweight, portable, and easy to work the inside and outside part of the plate. It disassembled with ease and could be transported from the cage to the ball field in nearly any personal equipment bag. His tee was adjustable and held its height based on friction mechanics. Joe earned three patents for his Tanner Tee.

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