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Major Leaguer Banned From Team Batting Cage: A Batting Tee Drill Success Story

Could you become a successful Major League hitter with no batting cage? What if you had no way to hit other than just the bare essentials for batting tee drills… a batting tee and a net? No hitting coach. No flips. No game at-bats. Not even live BP on the field! Just a batting tee, […]

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September 12, 2022

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3 Hitting Drills to Stop Lunging

The explanation he gives in today’s video is some of the best I’ve heard on this topic - How to stop lunging - which is generally a VERY difficult one for hitters to understand. He also shares 3 hitting drills to stop lunging so you can practice at home or in the cages. 

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July 19, 2022

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Benefits of Training with Weighted Balls for Baseball and Softball to Blast Your Skills to the Next Level

Tanner Weighted Rubber Training Balls are made of a durable, thick rubber coating with a weighted core. The weighted baseballs are manufactured with reduced rebound characteristics and are built to last through many training sessions and training programs for your athlete. The outer coating is designed to be strong enough to be used for hitting practice. Each rubber weighted ball is 15 oz, and they ship in a pack of six.

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September 10, 2020

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Using Soft Rubber Practice & Training Baseballs to Build Superior Skills

Tanner Rubber Practice Balls are composed of a durable thermoplastic, molded into a ball just about the size of regulation balls. Unlike weighted training baseballs, rubber practice training balls have a hollow center and holes designed in the “shell,” air passes through the ball during flight degrading the distance it can travel. Soft baseball training balls are often referred to as limited distance baseballs and can be used with a metal or wooden bat, at full swing, in an indoor/outdoor practice environment, and provide training value to hitters doing pregame pepper or BP by shortening the time it takes to shag baseballs that would otherwise be scattered all over the baseball diamond.

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February 22, 2022

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The Best Baseball Training Nets Buyer's Guide

Here is a quick training net buyer's guide to help determine the best softball or baseball practice net based on your specific needs.

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September 22, 2022

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Softball Batting Drills: How to Increase Power at The Plate

Every softball player needs batting drills that can improve her consistency, power and swing mechanics. Whether you're a conventional batting or a slap hitter, a batting routine that makes you better in the cage is critical.

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March 31, 2022

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\n\n\n\nYankees\u2019 Aaron Judge hitting off the Tanner Heavy with Coach Ferber\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nToday, we\u2019ve taken Joe\u2019s invention and added some quality and feature upgrades.  But we still hand-roll the FlexTops Joe invented - and assemble each batting tee - in Sarasota, Florida.\n\n\n\nThrough the years, Tanner has remained a family company. We are very serious about serving our customers with high-quality equipment and amazing customer service.\n\n\n\nBut the real reason for the success of Tanner Tees over the last 25 years is really pretty simple: \n\n\n\nTanner Makes the Best Batting Tees Around.\n\n\n\nYear after year, it\u2019s the same. If you ask around or read any reviews anywhere on the internet, you\u2019ll find thousands of comments like these:\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhat\u2019s Next?\n\n\n\nTanner Pro + Net Bundle\n\n\n\nIf your hitter is looking to train like Silver Slugger All-Star Shawn Green, then just click here to grab a pro-quality batting tee and net (with the bundle discount).\n\n\n\nOr, check out our full lineup of batting tees here:  Show me the batting tees\n\n\n\nYou May Also Like:\n\n\n\nHow to Use a Batting Tee Like a Pro: Part OneHow to Use a Batting Tee Like a Pro: Part TwoView More Hitting Drills","datePublished":"August 10, 2022","dateModified":"September 12, 2022","author":"Tanner Tees","publisher":{"@type":"Organization","name":"TANNER TEES Blog","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\"","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/04\/tanner-tees-logo.png"}}},{"@context":"http:\/\/schema.org\/","@type":"Article","thumbnailUrl":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2022\/05\/tanner-default-blog-featured-image.jpg","image":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2022\/05\/tanner-default-blog-featured-image.jpg","name":"3 Hitting Drills to Stop Lunging","headline":"3 Hitting Drills to Stop Lunging","mainEntityOfPage":"The explanation he gives in today\u2019s video is some of the best I\u2019ve heard on this topic - How to stop lunging - which is generally a VERY difficult one for hitters to understand.\u00a0He also shares 3 hitting drills to stop lunging so you can practice at home or in the cages.\u00a0","description":"The explanation he gives in today\u2019s video is some of the best I\u2019ve heard on this topic - How to stop lunging - which is generally a VERY difficult one for hitters to understand.\u00a0He also shares 3 hitting drills to stop lunging so you can practice at home or in the cages.\u00a0","articleBody":"
\n\n\n\nToday\u2019s Video comes from Matt Antonelli.  Antonelli was drafted in the 1st round by the San Diego Padres.  He then spent time in the Nationals, Orioles, Yankees and Indians organizations.  \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nToday, Antonelli owns a baseball facility near the Boston area and coaches several elite travel teams.  \n\n\n\nHe also puts out loads of great content on his YouTube channel, Antonelli Baseball.\n\n\n\nThe explanation he gives in today\u2019s video is some of the best I\u2019ve heard on this topic - How to stop lunging - which is generally a VERY difficult one for hitters to understand. He also shares 3 hitting drills to stop lunging so you can practice at home or in the cages. \n\n\n\nWhat is \u201cLunging\u201d?\n\n\n\nTypically, it\u2019s a huge struggle for hitters to learn how to be in control of their body weight during the entire swing, with the biggest problems happening during the stride.  \n\n\n\nYou may hear it described in different ways\u2026\n\n\n\nLungingCollapse forwardFalling forwardCrashingShift forwardJumping\n\n\n\nIf your hitter is doing any of those things, hitting becomes a LOT more difficult.  \n\n\n\nBig Problems Caused By Lunging\n\n\n\nThis leads to several big problems:\n\n\n\nCan\u2019t adjust to off-speed pitchesCan\u2019t see the ball as well (because your eyes are moving)You lose powerAffects bat path and direction\u2026 which leads to a lot of OTHER problems\n\n\n\nBottom line\u2026 it\u2019s a lot harder to be a good hitter if you\u2019re making this mistake!\n\n\n\nVideo | 3 Hitting Drills to Stop Lunging\n\n\n\nIn the video below, former professional baseball player Matt Antonelli shares:\n\n\n\nHow to recognize if you\u2019re lungingThe #1 huge key to control your weight AND build power\/separation into your baseball swing load (hint: It\u2019s how to \u201ccoil\u201d the right way\u2026 and it\u2019s a HUGE key to being a better hitter)Three drills to get a feel for doing it correctly\n\n\n\nWatch the Video Below for 3 Hitting Drills to Stop Lunging:\n\n\n\n
\n\n\n\nEquipment Used in Video\n\n\n\nTanner Heavy Tee - Commercial-grade durability, ultra-stable batting tee\u2026 a favorite of both pros and youth coaches\n\n\n\nTanner TrackPad - Pitch Recognition and \u201cCoaching Communication\u201d Tool\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTanner Heavy Tee - Click here to learn more\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTanner TrackPad - Click here to learn more\n\n\n\nYou May Also Like\n\n\n\nOrioles Trey Mancini Shares the Exact Baseball Pre Game Routine That He Used While Smashing His Career-high 35 HomersTed Williams' #1 Secret - Improve your Batting Average Hitting DrillView All Hitting Drill Videos","datePublished":"July 19, 2022","dateModified":"August 22, 2022","author":"Tanner Tees","publisher":{"@type":"Organization","name":"TANNER TEES Blog","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\"","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/04\/tanner-tees-logo.png"}}},{"@context":"http:\/\/schema.org\/","@type":"Article","thumbnailUrl":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/09\/tanner-weighted-balls.png","image":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/09\/tanner-weighted-balls.png","name":"Benefits of Training with Weighted Balls for Baseball and Softball to Blast Your Skills to the Next Level","headline":"Benefits of Training with Weighted Balls for Baseball and Softball to Blast Your Skills to the Next Level","mainEntityOfPage":"Tanner Weighted Rubber Training Balls are made of a durable, thick rubber coating with a weighted core. The weighted baseballs are manufactured with reduced rebound characteristics and are built to last through many training sessions and training programs for your athlete. The outer coating is designed to be strong enough to be used for hitting practice. Each rubber weighted ball is 15 oz, and they ship in a pack of six.","description":"Tanner Weighted Rubber Training Balls are made of a durable, thick rubber coating with a weighted core. The weighted baseballs are manufactured with reduced rebound characteristics and are built to last through many training sessions and training programs for your athlete. The outer coating is designed to be strong enough to be used for hitting practice. Each rubber weighted ball is 15 oz, and they ship in a pack of six.","articleBody":"Summary\n\n\n\nTraining with weighted balls for baseball or softball allows the player to finish their swing and square up the baseball - matching the bat plane to the pitch plane and making contact on the mid to lower portion of the baseball.Teams using training programs with weighted baseballs can increase hitting strength, which means hitters can drive the baseball with more power and perhaps more exit velocity.Tanner Rubber Weighted Balls are made of a durable, thick rubber coating with a weighted core.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOrder tanner Weighted balls\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nBenefits of Weighted Balls for Baseball and Softball \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTraining programs with weighted baseballs can help an athlete to finish their swing and square up the baseball - matching the bat plane to the pitch plane and making contact on the mid to lower portion of the baseball.\n\n\n\nWhen you don\u2019t hit a weighted ball perfectly square, you get immediate visual and tactile feedback. \n\n\n\nYou'll see the ball come off the bat with little to no distance traveled, and when you hit the top or bottom of the ball, the weighted ball will feel lighter at contact too. \n\n\n\nFor training purposes, hitting the top of the baseball would be considered a weak ground-out, while hitting the bottom of the ball would be the equivalent of a pop-out.\n\n\n\nHow Do I Use Weighted Practice Balls During Training?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWeighted ball training forces the hitter to focus on delivering a powerful, accurate, on-plane swing in order to \"get it right.\" \n\n\n\nThis requires hand-eye coordination, concentration, strength, and everything else hitters need when hitting live pitching from a tough pitcher. Weighted balls are a great way to warm up and practice hitting. They add an element of complexity to certain hitting drills and can be a welcomed component of your hitting program.\n\n\n\nAn athlete using a weighted ball program can also increase hitting strength, arm speed, and build muscle, which means hitters can drive the baseball with more power and perhaps more exit velocity. Tanner Training Balls are a great compliment to our line of batting tees and can be used for tee drills, front toss, flips and side toss drills.\n\n\n\nAdditional Uses for Weighted Balls\n\n\n\nWeighted training balls can also be part of a throwing arm program for a pitcher to increase throwing speed, improve stability, increase pitch velocity, and aid in lowering injury rate. \n\n\n\nUsing weighted balls can be traced back to their use with major league baseball pitchers like Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, and Aroldis Chapman. Remember, any arm muscle strength program or weighted ball program should be performed under-educated supervision from a knowledgeable coach or strength trainer.\n\n\n\nLearn more here: Effects of a six-week weighted-implement throwing program on baseball pitching velocity, kinematics, arm stress, and arm range of motion\n\n\n\nWhat are Weighted Training Balls Made Of ?\n\n\n\nTanner Weighted Rubber Training Balls are made of a durable, thick rubber coating with a weighted core. The weighted baseballs are manufactured with reduced rebound characteristics and are built to last through many training sessions and training programs for your athlete. The outer coating is designed to be strong enough to be used for hitting practice. Each rubber weighted ball is 15 oz, and they ship in packs of 6.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n6 Pk Weighted balls\n\n\n\ntrainign ball sample pk\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOther Helpful Resources\n\n\n\nBaseball Training Nets Buyer\u2019s GuideHitting With a Level SwingHow Youth, Amateur and Pro Hitters Use Batting TeesThree Ways to Increase Bat Speed\n\n\n\nOur Mission is to Support Your Baseball or Softball Journey\n\n\n\nThe staff at Tanner Tees is always here to answer any questions you might have. Give us a call (800-230-6219) or visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to connect with other members of our community!\n\n\n\nYou May Also Like\n\n\n\nThe Tanner Heavy Batting Tee Celebrates Two Years in the MarketStrong Hands, Quick BatThree Ways to Improve at Hitting a CurveballYour First Tee Ball Set: The Essential GuideUsing Soft Rubber Practice & Training Baseballs to Build Skills","datePublished":"September 10, 2020","dateModified":"August 29, 2022","author":"Tanner Tees","publisher":{"@type":"Organization","name":"TANNER TEES Blog","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\"","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/04\/tanner-tees-logo.png"}}},{"@context":"http:\/\/schema.org\/","@type":"Article","thumbnailUrl":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/08\/Tanner-Tees-Airflow-Balls-Blog-Image-1200x675px-2.jpg","image":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/08\/Tanner-Tees-Airflow-Balls-Blog-Image-1200x675px-2.jpg","name":"Using Soft Rubber Practice & Training Baseballs to Build Superior Skills","headline":"Using Soft Rubber Practice & Training Baseballs to Build Superior Skills","mainEntityOfPage":"Tanner Rubber Practice Balls are composed of a durable thermoplastic, molded into a ball just about the size of regulation balls. Unlike weighted training baseballs, rubber practice training balls have a hollow center and holes designed in the \u201cshell,\u201d air passes through the ball during flight degrading the distance it can travel.\n\nSoft baseball training balls are often referred to as limited distance baseballs and can be used with a metal or wooden bat, at full swing, in an indoor\/outdoor practice environment, and provide training value to hitters doing pregame pepper or BP by shortening the time it takes to shag baseballs that would otherwise be scattered all over the baseball diamond.","description":"Tanner Rubber Practice Balls are composed of a durable thermoplastic, molded into a ball just about the size of regulation balls. Unlike weighted training baseballs, rubber practice training balls have a hollow center and holes designed in the \u201cshell,\u201d air passes through the ball during flight degrading the distance it can travel.\n\nSoft baseball training balls are often referred to as limited distance baseballs and can be used with a metal or wooden bat, at full swing, in an indoor\/outdoor practice environment, and provide training value to hitters doing pregame pepper or BP by shortening the time it takes to shag baseballs that would otherwise be scattered all over the baseball diamond.","articleBody":"Tanner Rubber Practice Balls are composed of a durable thermoplastic, molded into a ball just about the size of regulation balls. Unlike weighted training baseballs, rubber practice training balls have a hollow center and holes designed in the \u201cshell,\u201d air passes through the ball during flight degrading the distance it can travel.\n\n\n\nSoft baseball training balls are often referred to as limited distance baseballs and can be used with a metal or wooden bat, at full swing, in an indoor\/outdoor practice environment, and provide training value to hitters doing pregame pepper or BP by shortening the time it takes to shag baseballs that would otherwise be scattered all over the baseball diamond.\n\n\n\nTeams and players of any age can practice a slightly adapted version of batting practice that still allows for full swings even when batting practice with a leather cork-center ball is not possible.\n\n\n\nWhat are Soft training baseballs used for?\n\n\n\nTanner Soft Rubber Training Baseballs are best used when practicing front toss, flips, or tee work (into a net or on the field). They are also a smart option for coaches to use when teaching baseball to new players in tee ball.\n\n\n\nGreat for Tee Ball Skill Building\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nEven though a regulation tee-ball is also by definition a soft rubber baseball, tee balls can still be intimidating to a young tee baller learning how to catch, throw and hit. Remember, tee balls do have a hard composition even though they are softer than a baseball, and if\/when a little one is hit with an errant throw, a glove-hand miss or some other accident occurs at practice, there could be an injury that we can avoid by practicing with a soft rubber baseball product before moving to a heavier ball. Since the Tanner Soft Rubber Training baseballs are lightweight coaches can focus on teaching throwing, catching, and hitting skills and fundamentals before using a regulation size ball.\n\n\n\nADDITIONAL USES FOR TEE BALL\n\n\n\nI'm currently at that stage of teaching my four year old how to catch and throw, while at the same time (sort of) teaching his two-year-old brother the same. There are other options in the marketplace if you are looking for a product that is softer than a tee-ball but still can be thrown and caught like a foam ball.\n\n\n\nWhile foam does not break things in the house, it absorbs moisture and can get ragged over time, especially with outside use. Soft rubber baseballs maintain their shape and perform better in dirt and moisture. Additionally, while the foam baseball product is good for safety and for throwing short distances, soft rubber training baseballs are really the ideal product to be used for indoor\/outdoor baseball practice. Their durability is long-lasting,  they are safe, and as limited distance baseballs they are convenient too.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOther Industry Names\n\n\n\nTo learn more, soft rubber practice baseballs can be found under searches for Airflow Training Baseball, Limited Distance Baseball, Indoor\/Outdoor baseball training balls, and soft rubber training baseballs.\n\n\n\nHelpful Resources\n\n\n\nYour Child and Tee-ball: What You Should KnowYour First Tee Ball Set: The Essential GuideThe Baseball-Softball Kinetic Chain Basics\n\n\n\nOUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT YOUR BASEBALL JOURNEY\n\n\n\nThe staff at Tanner Tees is always here to answer any questions you might have.  Give us a call (800-230-6219) or visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to connect with other members of our community!\n\n\n\nYou May Also Like\n\n\n\nTanner FlexTop: Tightly Rolled Rubber TopHow Do I know What the Right Tee is for My Hitter?NEW RELEASE: Introducing the New Tanner Heavy Batting TeeTraining: It All Begins with the Best Batting Tee - Tanner Tees","datePublished":"August 27, 2020","dateModified":"February 22, 2022","author":"Tanner Tees","publisher":{"@type":"Organization","name":"TANNER TEES Blog","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\"","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/04\/tanner-tees-logo.png"}}},{"@context":"http:\/\/schema.org\/","@type":"Article","thumbnailUrl":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/08\/baseball-softball-hitting-nets.jpg","image":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/08\/baseball-softball-hitting-nets.jpg","name":"The Best Baseball Training Nets Buyer's Guide","headline":"The Best Baseball Training Nets Buyer's Guide","mainEntityOfPage":"Here is a quick training net buyer's guide to help determine the best softball or baseball practice net based on your specific needs.","description":"Here is a quick training net buyer's guide to help determine the best softball or baseball practice net based on your specific needs.","articleBody":"Summary\n\n\n\nTanner Tees offers multiple types of softball and baseball training nets.This buyer's guide to baseball training nets can help determine the best softball or baseball practice net based on your specific environment and needs.A Tanner Tees travel net works well for many coaches and hitters when it comes to a being easy to transport, serves as a safety barrier, in generally inexpensive and works well for a hitting net for baseball and softball. With a thicker metal frame, a Hitzem net can stand up to powerful hitters over time more than a travel net, but at 50 pounds, you do lose some of the portability.The Hitzem net is great for cage use or team practices like a high school with a dedicated facility, but not so much as a travel practice net.\n\n\n\nAt Tanner Tees we currently offer multiple types of softball and baseball training nets. Each one offers a variety of features, options, and benefits. Here is a quick training net buyer's guide to help determine the best softball or baseball training net based on your specific environment and needs.\n\n\n\nFlex-Frame Travel Net with Carrying Bag\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThis is the Tanner flexible frame 7x7 foot net that has either a large or small sock opening to catch baseballs or softballs. The advantage and purpose of a travel practice net is portability and versatility. At under 20 pounds, the entire net fits into a travel bag and can be set up at any location easily. Set up time is quick \u2013 simply attach the poles to the frame, then bend the poles to thread the net onto the frame. Once you do it a time or two, it becomes easy and fast.\n\n\n\nFlexible-frame travel nets are versatile hit training aids because they are lightweight and can be moved easily anytime. They have many uses for teams at practice - hitting drills, pitching drills, fielding practice targets, or as protective barriers to section off the field or keep a coach hitting fungo safe from on-field BP.\n\n\n\n

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Heavy duty batting tee with ten-pound heavy “claw” provides three points of contact for extra grip on any hitting surface. Perfect for baseball, softball, and slow pitch.

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\n\n\n\nPair your Tanner Pro batting tee with a quick set up Tanner Training Net.\n\n\n\nIf there is any disadvantage for this type of baseball training net it would be that the ball has the potential to sometimes \"rebound\" out \u2013 not always and not for every hitter, but it can happen. On a hard surface, a rebounding baseball can become annoying because you can find yourself picking up scattered balls. \n\n\n\nYou may ask, \u201cWhy not just add more net, there is obviously too much tension in the sock.\u201d If you add more net, you get a product that weighs more on the frame and could collapse and affect the stability. \n\n\n\nTo counter more net weight, you need thicker poles, so the retail price goes up and you no longer have a \"travel-friendly\" hitting net that the youngest of players can move around as an affordable option. In exchange for a product that catches the baseball or softball, can be transported anywhere, can serve as a barrier safely, and does not cost a ton, the travel net serves many players and coaches quite well. \n\n\n\nYou can hit on grass, move your position closer or farther from the net, or come up with many other innovative ways to address a minor inconvenience for a great training product.\n\n\n\nNote - This guide is for hitting nets. If you are looking for a pitching net, or tool for developing throwing accuracy, check out this post on the best pitching nets.\n\n\n\nHITZEM\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Hitzem indoor practice net is a free-hanging hitting net with straps that attach to your garage door. It comes with a vinyl bag that rests between the panels on your garage door, allowing the net to be set up for hitting and then taken down for storage very easily while not impeding mom or dad from parking the car or getting the trash cans out to the road because you have a hitting station overtaking the entire garage. \n\n\n\nWe discovered the Hitzem a few months back and thought it was a great option for families with garage hitting stations that simply take up too much space. Even with a travel-friendly flex-frame net, it is likely that your ball player is NOT going to pack up their gear every day, so it will be a nuisance in the garage. If this is the case for you, the Hitzem is a solution for practicing during season or in the off season.\n\n\n\nWhich is the Best Hitting Net for You?\n\n\n\nAs you can see, each hitting net has its particular strengths and uses. It's important to think about how you will be practicing your hitting tee work and batting tee drills (and in what environment) to ensure you choose the best hit training net for baseball or softball practice.\n\n\n\nOUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT YOUR BASEBALL JOURNEY\n\n\n\nThe staff at Tanner Tees is always here to answer any questions you might have.  Give us a call (800-230-6219) or visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to connect with other members of our community!\n\n\n\nYou May Also Like\n\n\n\n2018 Baseball Player Holiday Gift Guide7 Softball Hitting Aids that will Elevate Your GameHow Do I know What the Right Tee is for My Hitter?Your First Tee Ball Set: The Essential GuideThe Tanner Heavy Batting Tee Celebrates Two Years in the Market","datePublished":"August 5, 2020","dateModified":"September 22, 2022","author":"Tanner Tees","publisher":{"@type":"Organization","name":"TANNER TEES Blog","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\"","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/04\/tanner-tees-logo.png"}}},{"@context":"http:\/\/schema.org\/","@type":"Article","thumbnailUrl":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/03\/Softball-Batting-Drills-How-to-Increase-Power-at-The-Plate-1200x675-1.jpg","image":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/03\/Softball-Batting-Drills-How-to-Increase-Power-at-The-Plate-1200x675-1.jpg","name":"Softball Batting Drills: How to Increase Power at The Plate","headline":"Softball Batting Drills: How to Increase Power at The Plate","mainEntityOfPage":"Every softball player needs batting drills that can improve her consistency, power and swing mechanics. Whether you're a conventional batting or a slap hitter, a batting routine that makes you better in the cage is critical.","description":"Every softball player needs batting drills that can improve her consistency, power and swing mechanics. Whether you're a conventional batting or a slap hitter, a batting routine that makes you better in the cage is critical.","articleBody":"Summary\n\n\n\nEvery player needs softball batting drills that can improve her consistency, power and swing mechanics.One thing that separates high-level softball players from everyone else is the ability to use their hips and core in the proper sequence.In the softball swing, the kinetic sequence begins with the hips.The kinetic sequence in a fastpitch player\u2019s swing goes like this: Check out our Recommended product for Softball Low Tee Drills When we add batting drills to a fastpitch player's practice routine, we should be choosing drills that improve the quality of her kinetic sequence.When a player produces exceptional bat speed with a small frame, you can bet your bottom dollar that she has an excellent kinetic sequence, tapping into every bit of her strength and explosiveness to hit those balls out of the park.\n\n\n\nEvery softball player needs hitting drills that can improve her consistency, power, swinging, and movement mechanics. Whether you're a conventional batter or a slap hitter, a batting routine that makes you better in the cage is critical.  There are toss drills that require a partner to pitch balls to the batter as well as other ball drills that athletes can do by themselves.  \n\n\n\nIn today's article, you'll learn a few softball batting drills to use right away.\n\n\n\nThe Kinetic Chain: What It Is and Why It Matters in the Softball Swing\n\n\n\nOne thing that separates high-level softball players from everyone else is the ability to use their hips and core and upper body in the proper sequence. This \u201ckinetic sequence\u201d in swinging the bat is what produces elite bat speed and power as you follow through your swing. Learn more about the fundamentals of kinetic sequence here.\n\n\n\nKinetic sequence sounds complicated, but it really isn't. The term refers to the order in which muscles produce force in a movement. In the softball swing, the kinetic sequence begins with the hips in your normal stance.\n\n\n\nKinetic Sequence in the Softball Swing: How Players Produce More Bat speed WITH SOFTBALL BATTING DRILLS\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe kinetic sequence in a fastpitch player's swing goes like this:\n\n\n\nHips : When the foot touches back down after the stride, the hips are the first body part to produce power and reach full rotational speed.\n\n\n\nTorso : The hips rotate first, which then stretches the torso and upper body to load it up with energy before it, too, begins rotating.\n\n\n\nLead Arm : The lead arm the left arm for righty hitters, and right arm for lefty hitters is the next body part to begin accelerating. Then, the lead arm delivers the hand and knob of the bat.\n\n\n\nHand : The lead hand controls the bat and delivers all of the body's power to the barrel of the bat. The hand is the last major part of the swing sequence to reach full velocity before the swing is complete.\n\n\n\nCheck out our Recommended product for Softball Low Tee Drills\n\n\n\nGood Softball Batting Drills Improve the Kinetic Chain\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhen we add softball batting drills to a fastpitch player's practice routine, we should be choosing drills that improve the quality of her kinetic sequence. Many young players don't quite get their body in sync, and thus lose power when their sequence is a little out of order.\n\n\n\nEver see a small player with a lot of power? When a player produces exceptional bat speed with a small frame, you can bet your bottom dollar that she has an excellent kinetic sequence, tapping into every bit of her strength and explosiveness to hit those balls out of the park.\n\n\n\nAthletes can work on building an accurate powerful swing by practicing with a partner or by themselves.  Some ball drills include using a soft toss pitch with tennis balls, golf balls, or regular size balls,  other drills focus on the emphasis of mechanics and fundamentals of a proper batting stance.\n\n\n\n  Toss drills help to teach the player timing and rhythm of swinging at the pitch, while mechanics drills help teach hip rotation as well as proper weight shift and weight transfer.  In addition to partner toss drills, athletes can also work independently with a tee that focus on creating muscle memory in hitting.\n\n\n\nTwo Great Softball Batting Drills Videos\n\n\n\nIn this first video, you'll learn a variety of different drills. It's important to tinker, try new things to see which tips and drills might fit best into your individual practice plan.\n\n\n\n
\n\n\n\nIn this second video, former Professional ballplayer Matt Antonelli discusses what it means to turn the barrel and how it can help a fastpitch player improve her swing.\n\n\n\n
\n\n\n\nWhat About Slap Hitters?\n\n\n\nSlappers, we haven't forgotten about you!\n\n\n\nIf you head out to the ballpark and watch a D1 softball game, you'll notice that slap hitters have an important role in almost every team's lineup. Slapping gives a fast player a chance to beat out otherwise routine ground balls and bunts, getting on base to set up big innings.  \n\n\n\nSlap hitting mechanics begin with the batter in the proper stance.  It is imperative that she stands in the correct position in the batters' box.  The batter stands with the back corner of the plate straight in line with their back toe.   When the pitch is thrown the batter should leave her body in the same position, but she needs to cross her front foot back over the back foot.   It is important that the athlete has the understanding that the lead hand drives the direction the balls will go.\n\n\n\nSlap Batting Drills and Tips\n\n\n\nIn this first video by former Olympian Natasha Watley, she discusses how to progress through slap hitting drills to improve footwork and bat control.\n\n\n\n
\n\n\n\nIn this second video, coach Watley shows a long tee drill you can do with your Tanner Tee Pro.\u00a0 \u00a0This\u00a0simple drill\u00a0uses a\u00a0compact swing.\u00a0 While some softball batting drills require a partner to pitch the balls, Natasha shows you how to practice independently.\n\n\n\n
\n\n\n\nMore Softball Batting Resources\n\n\n\nFor more ways to improve your game, check out the helpful articles below:\n\n\n\nThe Baseball-Softball Kinetic Chain Basics6 Softball Hitting DrillsExercises to Increase Batting PowerEven More Batting Drills\n\n\n\nYou May Also Like\n\n\n\nSoftball Hitting - Slap Drill (audio turn up)Three Ways to Increase Bat SpeedThree Great Baseball Hitting Drills","datePublished":"March 3, 2020","dateModified":"March 31, 2022","author":"Tanner Tees","publisher":{"@type":"Organization","name":"TANNER TEES Blog","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\"","logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/04\/tanner-tees-logo.png"}}}]

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