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Tanner Low Ball Tee: More than Hitting the Low Pitch

Tanner Low Ball Tee: More than Hitting the Low Pitch

One of the benefits of choosing a Tanner Tee is that we offer 3 stem heights – Standard/Adult, Youth/Short, and Low Ball Tee. (And the stems are interchangeable with your base)  

But you may wonder, “What is a lowball batting tee anyway and how can it help my softball or baseball hitting?”

A lowball tee is an advanced batting tee that can go a full 10 inches lower than the lowest setting of a standard batting tee. (Compare the adjustable low ball tee height of 16”-23” to the standard adult tee height of 26”-43”.)


So, why train with a lowball batting tee?  

The first, and most obvious answer is that having an advanced lowball tee helps hitters train for the low pitch.  But it's more than that.

Training with a lowball tee forces hitters to learn to use their back leg properly —no matter where in the zone the pitch happens to be.  

Training with a Low Ball tee helps hitters to learn to use their back leg properly at all times — no matter where in the zone the pitch happens to be.   The best and most extreme example of this is Adrián Beltré.  

beltre low ball tee

Beltré would sometimes drop to his knee after hitting massive homers.  


He once said that while he was hitting, he wanted that feeling of “driving the back knee to the ground.”

And it worked for him — being the only third baseman in history with both 3,000 career hits and 400 homers.

3 Reasons You Should Train with a Low Ball Tee

Getting lower into your back leg like Adrián Beltré does 3 major things to help hitters.

1 - Better Bat Angle

Standing tall and swinging down on the baseball will lead to hitting more balls straight into the dirt.  However, getting lower helps you get a better bat angle — one that is on plane with the pitch and will make it easier to hit elevated line drives.

2 - See the Ball Better

Whether you’re watching archery, darts, or billiards, the common thread is that the best of the best have their eyes on plane with the target.  When you get lower in your back leg, your head gets lower too.  This puts your eyes closer to the plane of the ball, which makes it easier to see (and hit).

3 - More Power

With 477 Major League home runs, Adrián Beltré is a great example of how getting lower into your legs and driving that back knee to the ground produces a LOT of power.

2 Ways To Get a Tanner Low Ball Tee

If you are ready to add a Low Ball Tee to your equipment, here are 2 options:

Option 1 - Low Ball Tee Stem Only

Do you already have another Tanner Tee?  

If you prefer not to have a second tee, you can order a Low Ball replacement stem for the base you already have.  Simply unscrew and swap out the stems – it’s that easy.  

To order, simply select the base you already own and then select the “Low Ball” Tee stem height.  

Option 2 - Complete Low Ball Tee

If you don’t want to change out stems, or you want to have a 2nd batting tee (some popular drills require two tees), then this option is for you.  

The Low Ball Stem height can be ordered with any Tanner Original, Heavy or Pro batting tee:

  1. Choose the batting tee you want - Tanner tee - the Original, Tanner Pro or Tanner Heavy
  2. Select the stem size (In this case, you want the “Adjustable 16-23 inch (Low Ball)”
  3. Add to cart and complete checkout

In either case, you’ll enjoy free ground shipping on all orders over $30 to anywhere in the continental US.

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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.

Learn more about Tanner Tees and our products at TannerTees.com

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