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3 Best Fielding Drills with Small Baseballs

Developing better hand eye coordination and precision in fielding take practice and we love these softball and baseball fielding drills with small baseballs / mini baseballs that you can do on your own. (Interested in hitting drills for precision? Check out our other post on hand eye coordination drills.) Sometimes, you don’t have a partner […]

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September 21, 2022

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#1 Way to Increase Exit Velo

When done properly, studies show that overload/underload training can increase exit velo for baseball and softball hitters by an average of 8 to 10 mph.

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September 13, 2022

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ProVelocity Bat - Hitting aid for youth baseball players

ProVelocity Bat - Baseball Training Bat to Increase Bat Speed

Some are saying the ProVelocity Bat is one of the best new baseball hitting aids for youth baseball. Is all hype? Or does it actually work?

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September 7, 2022

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Hitting Drills: 3 Fun Hand Eye Coordination Drills for Baseball and Softball

How do you train hand-eye coordination to be a better hitter? Here are three simple hitting drills you can do to help improve your hand-eye coordination and reaction time at the plate.

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September 21, 2022

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Tanner Original, Tanner Pro and Tanner Heavy on home plate

Which Tanner Tee is best for you?

Your guide to comparing different Tanner Tees at a glance.

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September 23, 2022

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Coach Rick Eisenberg demonstrating the Step Back Drill

The Step Back Drill with Rick Eisenberg

For youth baseball players, learning HOW to use the legs to generate a powerful swing and bat speed can be difficult. It's much easier to be all "upper body" and just swing the bat with all arms.

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May 6, 2022

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\n\n\n\nClick play on the video above to hear the audible \"clicks\" created when the player has correct swing mechanics and enough bat speed to overcome the resistance. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHow Does the ProVelocity Bat Work?\n\n\n\nAt first glance, this training bat might look odd as it's definitely the first of its kind. But there's a lot of science behind it.\n\n\n\nThe ProVelocity Bat is a weighted bat with a sliding barrel. It uses a system of resistance bands to hold the barrel in place near the hands. When you swing, the force of your swing overcomes the resistance and moves the barrel into \"the sweet spot\" position so you can make contact with a baseball. When the barrel moves (by a swing with enough bat speed and correct bat path) it generates 2 clicks. (More about that below.) \n\n\n\n\npurchase the provelocity bat\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAdding resistance bands changes the amount of bat speed required to get the barrel to release to the end of the shaft... and also to produce the two audible clicks. When you hear the 2 clicks, you know it was a high quality swing. Only hear one click? Your mechanics were off. \n\n\n\nHow much resistance the player uses depends on the training objectives and the player's current strength\/swing speed.\n\n\n\n\"When you swing fast enough to overcome the set resistance, the sliding Power Barrel is driven down the bat shaft to the impact position enabling you to make contact with a ball... A \"double click\" confirms you have achieved your preset swing speed.\" (Source - ProVelocity) \n\n\n\nPlus, when you use the Swing Analyzer app, those clicks are used give additional information about your swing, such as bat speed and on plane efficiency.\n\n\n\nClick here for more technical details on how the ProVelocity Bat works \n\n\n\nHow does the ProVelocity Bat increase Bat Speed?\n\n\n\nIn the Bledsoe Agency study players showed significant bat speed gains after 4 weeks of using this hitting training aid.\n\n\n\nMany coaches and baseball instructors who tried this with their players say their high school students have been able to increase bat speed by as much as 15 mph. And for youth baseball, the change is even more dramatic. \n\n\n\nHere are some of the reasons they say this training bat makes such a big difference for hitters.\n\n\n\n1 - Building Strength\n\n\n\nSwinging a weighted bat is a common drill to increase strength and hit for more power. \n\n\n\nBecause many other weighted bats are \"end loaded\" or carry the bulk of the weight on the end, this setup can cause hitters to develop bad habits in the swing. For example, think of an axe where all the weight is at the end in the axe head. When you swing the axe, it pulls the hands away and creates a long slow swing, rather than one where the bat is being whipped through the zone.\n\n\n\nIn contrast, the ProVelocity training bat is a heavy bat with the weight initially front loaded (by the hands) to help players learn good hitting mechanics. \n\n\n\nThen as you swing, something really interesting happens.... underweight \/ overweight training occurs with every swing.\n\n\n\n2 - Underweight \/ Overweight Training\n\n\n\nThe team at ProVelocity says, \"The ProVelocity Bat feels \"light\" when the power barrel is near the batter's hands. It becomes \"heavier\" as centrifugal force drives the weighted power barrel to the far end of the bat. When the ProVelocity bat is \"light,\" batters learn to use their fast twitch muscles to drop the bat into the on-plane position quickly. Once on plane, the bat becomes heavier as larger muscles drive the power barrel down the shaft of the bat developing a powerful on-plane rotary swing.\"\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n3 - Slowly adding resistance\n\n\n\nThis baseball hitting aid is unique because it allows you to incrementally add resistance to increase your bat speed by adding resistance bands.\n\n\n\nThe sliding Power Barrel of the ProVelocity Bat is driven to the impact position allowing you to make contact with a ball when your pre-set swing speed is achieved.\n\n\n\n4 - Correcting a \"push\" swing\n\n\n\nA \"push swing\" is always going to be slower than one that \"whips\" the bat through the zone. And the reviews say this training bat does an great job helping hitters correct this bad habit. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n5 - Other Factors (Independently verified)\n\n\n\nWhen the Bledsoe group did their independent study, they measured positive impact in: \n\n\n\nIncrease Exit VeloDevelop Early Bat SpeedImprove Swing SequencingIncrease Angle of Attack\n\n\n\nThere are many ways this unique swing trainer can help hitters develop better mechanics and more strength and ultimately increase bat speed.\n\n\n\nClick here to purchase the ProVelocity Bat \n\n\n\nImprove Swing Path\n\n\n\nThe ProVelocity Bat can help fix a poor swing path.\n\n\n\nHands that cast which produce a looping barrel will not produce the audio feedback and effectively amount to weak ground balls or fly outs real at-bats. You'll know immediately if the swing was incorrect.\n\n\n\nIn contrast, a swing where hands are connected to hips, legs and core is more powerful, and the barrel reaches the hitting zone more quickly. And the Mobile App (more on that below) gives a lot more feedback on that, including \"on plane efficiency\" --- which means keeping your barrel in the zone longer!\n\n\n\nSecondly, the weighted part of the bat is closer to the hands. This is very important for helping young players learn proper hand path. (It's also why you should never let them learn to swing with a weighted bat where the weight is end loaded. That creates a very bad swing path.)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nINCLUDES FREE 10 WEEK \"BAT SPEED\" WORKOUT PLAN\n\n\n\nCoach Nate Headley is a former SEC coach and head of RBI baseball in Knoxville TN.  His  students are using a custom 10-week, exit velocity training program for the ProVelocity Bat with protocols for ages 10U to Professional\n\n\n\nResults after 4 weeks on the program using the swing trainer include:\n\n\n\nFirst Year Pros: 4%  increaseCollege Athletes: 8%  increaseHigh School Athletes: 10% to 15% increase\n\n\n\nThis 10 week plan is specific to the ProVelocity Bat and is available for free on their website. \n\n\n\nBatting Cage Optional\n\n\n\nTo the frustration of many energetic young baseball players who would LOVE to spend more time working on their baseball skills, hitting a real baseball requires space or a batting cage. And sadly for eager athletes, there aren't very many hitting drills you can do at home where you are actually increasing power and bat speed. \n\n\n\nThe ProVelocity training bat solves that problem. \n\n\n\nYes, you CAN use the ProVelocity Bat to hit a real baseball in a cage or off a tee. \n\n\n\nHowever, the ProVelocity Bat can be ALSO be used without hitting a ball. When taking \"dry swings\" the player still benefits from the sound feedback (you'll hear it for yourself in the video above). \n\n\n\nFor example, if the bat path is round and loopy, or if the swing speed is too low, they can't generate the \"click\"\n\n\n\nThis means players can work on their swing at home, even when a cage or net isn't available.\n\n\n\nUse with or without a partner\n\n\n\nJust taking dry swings at home with the correct resistance for your height, weight, and strength allows you to work on proper hitting mechanics to increase bat speed without ever needing a partner to throw you the ball. \n\n\n\nDifficulty level is adjustable\n\n\n\nThe ProVelocity Bat has 8 levels of difficulty. Your starting point is based on your height, bat size, and other factors.\n\n\n\nThen as you develop strength, you level up, so you're always being challenged.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Provelocity Mobile App\n\n\n\nThe ProVelocity Swing Analyzer App uses your height, bat size, and resistance settings to calculate your preset Bat Speed (this will tell you what resistance level is right for you, so you're never left wondering. It provides a more scientific approach).\n\n\n\nThen the App uses the ProVelocity Bat's unique audio feedback to calculate Time At Speed, On Plane Efficiency, and Early Bat Speed Position.\n\n\n\nIn other words, those 2 clicks it makes when you swing are providing all sorts of important data to analyze. The following metrics are measured by the app:\n\n\n\nBat Speed\n\n\n\nCalculate your preset swing speed (aka what bands you want to use) based on your height, bat length, and resistance setting.  Get alerted when a \"double-click\" is achieved indicating you reached your preset speed.\n\n\n\nTime At Speed \n\n\n\nBy measuring the time between clicks, the ProVelocity Bat app calculates your Time At Speed.\n\n\n\nOn Plane Efficiency\n\n\n\nSince swings de-accelerate relatively the same point in a batters swing, the only way to significantly increase the Time At Speed is to learn to whip the barrel on plane for earlier bat speed and greater On Plane Efficiency.\n\n\n\nLearn to increase On Plane Efficiency before moving to higher resistance settings for more time in the strike zone, and a better chance at contact.\n\n\n\nEarly Bat Speed Indicator (EBSI)\n\n\n\nThe EBSI indicator shows the position in your swing relative to the impact position where you achieved your preset Bat Speed.  Use the EBSI to learn to get on plane and up to speed earlier. \n\n\n\nClick here to purchase the ProVelocity Bat \n\n\n\nYou May Also Like\n\n\n\nThe Step Back Drill With Rick Eisenberg\n\n\n\nTwo Keys to Make Batting Tee Drills Work Better in Games\n\n\n\nHow To Use a Batting Tee Like a Pro - Part One","datePublished":"September 7, 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":"Hitting Drills: 3 Fun Hand Eye Coordination Drills for Baseball and Softball","headline":"Hitting Drills: 3 Fun Hand Eye Coordination Drills for Baseball and Softball","mainEntityOfPage":"How do you train hand-eye coordination to be a better hitter? Here are three simple hitting drills you can do to help improve your hand-eye coordination and reaction time at the plate.","description":"How do you train hand-eye coordination to be a better hitter? Here are three simple hitting drills you can do to help improve your hand-eye coordination and reaction time at the plate.","articleBody":"What are the hand eye coordination drills for baseball and softball that you can use to be a better hitter? Here are 3 simple hand-eye coordination hitting drills you can do to help improve your hand-eye coordination and reaction time at the plate. \n\n\n\n(Looking for fielding drills for precision? Check out our other post.)\n\n\n\nTraining Your Vision and Reaction Speed\n\n\n\nScientific studies report that successful baseball players have better eyesight, depth perception, and visual reaction time than the general public, which shows us the importance of training our eyes.\n\n\n\nBut when it comes to hitting, that's only half the battle. Hand-eye coordination requires training the brain to process what the eye is seeing and then react faster than the speed of conscious thought, with skill and precision.\n\n\n\nThat's why hitting drills like these hand-eye coordination drills for baseball players are important. Do these hitting drills at home to improve your hand-eye coordination and become a better hitter.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHand-Eye Coordination Drill #1: Hit Small Baseballs\n\n\n\nUsing a small baseball is a time-tested technique that works to improve hand-eye coordination. The reason it\u2019s effective is because you're training your eyes and increasing difficulty by forcing yourself to be more precise with your bat to make contact with the smaller target. As the saying goes, \"aim small, miss small.\"\n\n\n\nHow does the small baseball drill work?\n\n\n\nYou'll need some small baseballs. These have the same feel and makeup as a regular baseball, they are just smaller!Determine if you're going to use front toss, side toss, or a batting tee. This depends on your situation, if you have a partner, and if you're doing the drill at home, field or a batting cage.Hit with your regular bat.\n\n\n\nHome Practice Tip: You can safely do this drill at home if you are using a hitting tee or if you have someone to do a side toss and you are hitting into a net. \n\n\n\nHand Eye Coordination Drill #2 - Hit Small Baseballs with a Weighted Bat\n\n\n\nJust like in Drill #1, this drill uses small baseballs, but Drill #2 amplifies the effect by introducing the additional constraint of a weighted training bat such as the CamWood Hand and Speed Trainer or the CamWood One Hand Trainer. (Hitters can also use the new Hitting Knob bat weight that attaches to most metal and wood bats if they prefer to practice with their favorite bat. \n\n\n\nThis drill does double duty by working hand eye coordination AND building speed and power with a weighted training bat, and is ideal for more skilled hitters. \n\n\n\nHand Eye Coordination Drill #3 - Use a Narrow \"Bat\"\n\n\n\nIn this drill, the smaller contact area of the narrow bat increases the difficulty, training your eyes and your bat to be more precise. \n\n\n\nUse a bat with a smaller contact surface. This can be a DIY \"bat\" such as a broomstick or PVC pipe, or a specialty training bat like the Sabre Bat (the Sabre has a smaller contact area and also trains important hitting skills like proper bat path.)IMPORTANT: If using a broomstick or other DIY \"bat,\" do not use small or regular baseballs for safety reasons. Instead use foam or rubber training balls to reduce the risk of breaking the \"bat.\" If you're upgraded your hand eye coordination hitting drills with a Sabre bat, feel free to take live, strong practice swings with regular size balls. Whether using a tee, tossing the ball up in the air yourself or flips, the smaller contact area increases the difficulty and forces the hitter to be more precise. \n\n\n\nThe effect of this drill is similar to Olympic athletes who train their lungs in high altitude and then feel like they can run forever when they get back to sea-level. After training wit the increased difficulty of this drill, you'll notice it suddenly feels much easier to make solid contact with a regular bat. \n\n\n\n\n \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHome Practice Tip: With a soft rubber, limited flight ball, you won't need a lot of space to make this drill work. You may be able to do it in a driveway, basement or nearby open space, even if you don't have a practice net. \n\n\n\n\nHome Practice Tip: With a soft rubber, limited flight ball, you won't need a lot of space to make this drill work. You may be able to do it in a driveway, basement or nearby open space, even if you don't have a practice net.\n\n\n\n\nMix Things Up and Make Hand Eye Coordination Drills for Baseball Into a Fun, Friendly Competition\n\n\n\nTo make it more fun, you can turn all of these drills into a competition. \n\n\n\nTake turns with a friend or parentEach turn, count how many times you can make contact in a row without missing. Highest record wins. \n\n\n\nDon't be discouraged if these drills seem difficult at first. Keep working to make contact and you'll quickly get the hand of it. \n\n\n\nWith consistent practice with these hand-eye coordination drills, you'll see improvement in your focus. Hitters tell us that when they go back to hitting regular baseballs or softballs after these drills, they seem like they are the size of beach balls!\n\n\n\nReady to add more variety to your training drills?\n\n\n\nCheck out all the Tanner training balls, baseballs, and softballs, including the Sampler Pack!\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nYou may Also Like:\n\n\n\n3 Hitting Drills to Stop LungingTwo Keys to Make Batting Tee Drills Work Better in GamesView More Hitting Drills","datePublished":"August 30, 2022","dateModified":"September 21, 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\/08\/find-your-perfect-batting-tee.jpg","image":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2022\/08\/find-your-perfect-batting-tee.jpg","name":"Which Tanner Tee is best for you?","headline":"Which Tanner Tee is best for you?","mainEntityOfPage":"Your guide to comparing different Tanner Tees at a glance.","description":"Your guide to comparing different Tanner Tees at a glance.","articleBody":"Your Guide to Comparing Tanner Heavy vs Tanner Pro vs the Original batting tee.\n\n\n\nThe lineup of Tanner batting tees is the best it\u2019s ever been\u2026 which might leave you wondering: \u201cWhich Tanner Tee is best for me?\u201d    \n\n\n\nUse the Quick Reference Guide below to quickly compare the Tanner Heavy vs Tanner Pro vs The Original, so you can decide which Tanner Tee is best for you.  \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n Download Quick Reference Guide \n\n\n Quick Reference Guide\n \n \n \n \n Tanner Tee - The Original\n Tanner Pro\n Tanner Heavy\n Tanner Jr (Coming Soon)\n Tanner Infinitee\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Price\n $90\n $110\n $120\n $65\n $147.99 - $179.99\n \n \n Size \/ Age\n 3 Sizes Available\n 3 Sizes Available\n 3 Sizes Available\n 3 - 8 years\n 2 Sizes Available\n \n \n Hand-Rolled Flextop\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n One Hand Adjustable\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n Portable\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n Replacement Parts\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n Softball and Baseball\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n Ultra Durable\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n Repositionable Swing Arm\n \n \n \n \n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n Commercial Grade\n \n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n \n \n Weighted Base\n \n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n \n \n Uneven Surfaces\n \n \n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n \n \n Total Weight\n 6 lbs\n 11 lbs\n 13 lbs\n 5.8 lbs\n 8.2 lbs\n \n \n Base Description\n Lightweight, flat square made of composite material\n Metal with rubber over mold, flat square\n Tripod \"Claw\", metal with rubber overmold\n Strong, stable,flexible rubber\n Composite home plate style base\n \n \n \n Available Stem Sizes*\n \n \n \n \n \n \n Warranty\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \u2714\ufe0e\n \n \n Adult (Ages 8 & older; Height Range is 26-43 inch)\n Adult\n Adult\n Adult\n \n Adult\n \n \n Youth (Ages 8 & younger; Height Range 20-32 inch)\n Youth\n Youth\n Youth\n \n Youth\n \n \n Low (Range 16-23 inch)\n Low\n Low\n Low\n \n \n \n \n Junior (Ages 8 & younger; Height Range 16-24 inch)\n \n \n \n Junior \n \n \n \n \n\n\n\n\n1 - Tanner Tee - the Original\n\n\n\nThe highest rated batting tee on the internet. Period.\n\n\n\nJoe Tanner changed baseball hitting practice forever when he invented the original Tanner Tee.\n\n\n\nAs a coach for the Orioles and White Sox, news of Joe Tanner\u2019s new batting tee design spread like wildfire through professional circles and beyond.  \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAfter decades of tinkering with his design, Joe made it official with the patent office in 2004. And the Original Tanner tee took the world by storm, as you can see by the glowing Tanner Tee reviews across the internet. . \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhy do people love the Original Tanner batting tee?\n\n\n\nCoaches, parents and players absolutely love this tee, because it\u2019s reasonably priced, extremely durable, and it was designed for professionals\u2026 meaning its performance is top-tier.\n\n\n\nFeels natural - Feel your swing, not the teeQuick, easy height adjustmentLight weight tee but legendary for its durabilityPortable and travel friendly (stem unscrews)Excellent visibility of the ballWon\u2019t damage bat or sting handsPrice - Of all the premium batting tees, this one is the most reasonably priced1-year warranty - If your tee is defective, we\u2019ll replace it at no cost to you (full details here)Official replacement parts -  Replacement parts are available through TannerTees.com, so you can upgrade your stem, base or get a new FlextopHand-rolled Flextop;  Assembled in Sarasota, FL & shipped quickly for fast arrival\n\n\n\nToday, Tanner Tees is still a family business that proudly assembles all Tanner Tees with high-quality, durable materials in Sarasota, FL.  Each hand-crafted Flextop is signed by the artisan who created it.  This is why Tanner Tees are widely known for their superior craftsmanship, performance and durability.\n\n\n\nNow, you would think that makes for an easy decision, right?\n\n\n\nWell, it\u2019s not going to be that easy - because Tanner didn\u2019t stop there.  With a passion for innovation, they went and changed the game\u2026 again. \n\n\n\n\nClick here to get the Tanner Original\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n2 - Tanner Heavy Batting Tee\n\n\n\nMore 5 star reviews than any other batting tee on Amazon\n\n\n\nThe Tanner Heavy batting tee is the first of its kind and rapidly gained attention for its innovative base design and ultra-premium performance.  It's the favorite batting tee of many professional players.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAnd now, more young athletes and youth coaches are also loving the extra stability of this rugged batting tee that won\u2019t tip over when an ambitious 12-year-old swings and hits the tee a little too low. The Tanner heavy Batting Tee can stand up to hours of daily hitting practice. \n\n\n\nWhat's different about the Tanner Heavy batting tee? \n\n\n\n1. The Base - We added a ten-pound metal base that is coated in rubber.  Its unique claw design provides amazing stability on any hitting surface\u2026 including fluffy backyard grass or a raised home plate\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n2. The Stem - A thicker stem upgrades this tee to professional, commercial-grade durability, making it a welcome addition to a busy batting cage or commercial hitting facility. \n\n\n\nThe response to this design has been absolutely incredible.  In fact, no other batting tee can match it for rate of 5 star feedback on Amazon \u2b50\ufe0f\u2b50\ufe0f\u2b50\ufe0f\u2b50\ufe0f\u2b50\ufe0f. \n\n\n\nBy %, more reviewers gave it 5 stars than any other batting tee on Amazon.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nBenefits of the Tanner Heavy: \n\n\n\nWon\u2019t Tip - This tee offers our highest level of stability with its unique base design and 10 lbs of metal wrapped in rubber.  It will not slide, tip over or break, even when your hitters are crushing the tee.Ultra-Durable - There are no plastic parts on this tee anywhere.  Designed to be a tank, the Tanner Heavy is ultra-durable, crafted with only premium rubber and metal components.Travel Friendly - While not as easily carried as the lighter Tanner Tees, many older players still happily carry this tee in their large baseball bags.  Base easily unscrews from stem, making it travel-friendly for those who don\u2019t mind the weight (13lbs total). Tee placement (FIRST OF ITS KIND) - The Tanner Heavy can be placed anywhere, on or off the corner of the plate without wobbling like a flat-bottomed tee would.  This means you can train for various pitch locations using an actual raised home plate and the baseball\/softball will stay secured on the rubber cone (see image)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nExcellent visibility of ball vs competitors - While many other tees swallow the ball, or sag with its weight, that\u2019s not a problem with the Tanner FlexTop that comes on EVERY tee model.  Every cone is just one inch wide and tightly rolledEasy height adjustment - Experienced players and coaches can easily and quickly adjust the height with just one handDoes not interfere with swing - Nobody wants to feel the tee when they swing.  Tanner Tees first and foremost priority is to create a natural feel for every swingWon\u2019t damage bat or sting hands Available with any of the 3 stems sizes... adult, youth or low.  And you can change out the stem whenever you like.  For example, if you start with a youth stem (8 years and younger) and want to grow into the adult size later on. 1 year warranty - If your tee is defective, we\u2019ll replace it at no cost to you (full details here)Official replacement parts -  Replacement parts are available through TannerTees.com, so you can upgrade your stem, base or get a new flextopSuperior craftsmanship: Every hand-rolled Tanner Tee is assembled with pride in Sarasota, FL, and then signed by the artisan themselves\n\n\n\n\nClick here to get the Tanner Heavy\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n3 - Tanner Pro Batting Tee\n\n\n\nThe best of both worlds.\n\n\n\nThe Tanner Pro is our newest model and is getting rave reviews because it combines the easy portability of the Tanner Original with the stability of a weighted base and the long-lasting durability of the Tanner Heavy.\n\n\n\nThe base is weighted to increase stability and resist falling over, and features the thicker, commercial-grade stem, but is lighter & more portable than the Tanner Heavy.  \n\n\n\nThe stem unscrews from the base, and the base has an easy-to-carry, built-in handle.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s incredibly durable and won\u2019t interfere with your swing. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhat\u2019s different from the Tanner Original:\n\n\n\n10 lb metal base with handleIncreased portabilityThicker stem upgrades durability to commercial-grade\n\n\n\nWhat\u2019s the same:\n\n\n\nExcellent visibility of ball vs competitors - While many other tees swallow the ball, or sag with its weight, that\u2019s not a problem with the Tanner FlexTop that comes on EVERY tee model.  Every cone is just one inch wide and tightly rolled.Easy height adjustment - Experienced players and coaches can easily and quickly adjust the height with just one hand.Does not interfere with swing - Nobody wants to feel the tee when they swing.  Tanner Tees' first and foremost priority is to create a natural feel for every swing.Won\u2019t damage bat or sting hands Available with any of the 3 stem sizes... adult, youth or low.  And you can change out the stem whenever you like.  For example, if you start with a youth stem (8 years and younger) and want to grow into the adult size later on. 1-year warranty - If your tee is defective, we\u2019ll replace it at no cost to you (full details here)Official replacement parts -  Replacement parts are available through TannerTees.com, so you can upgrade your stem, base, or get a new flextop.Superior craftsmanship: Every hand-rolled Tanner Tee is assembled with pride in Sarasota, FL, and then signed by the artisan themselves.\n\n\n\nLike the Heavy, it\u2019s commercial grade and has the highest level of durability.  \n\n\n\nAnd just like the Original and the Heavy, people are raving about the Tanner Pro:\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nClick here to get the Tanner Pro\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nStill wondering which Tanner Tee is best for you?\n\n\n\nTanner Tees are largely considered the best batting tee you can buy. You can't go wrong with any hitting tee from the Tanner lineup. \n\n\n\nThe Original, Tanner Heavy and Tanner Pro batting tees are all built to last and feature the patented Flextop for optimal hitting experience. The tees are versatile as the stems come in Youth, Adult and Short sizes to transition with the height of your hitter and make low ball batting practice even easier. In additional all Tanner Tees come with a 1-year warrantee and are built to perform swing after swing. \n\n\n\n\nClick here to view all Tanner Tees\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nYou May Also Like:\n\n\n\nHow to Use a Batting Tee Like a Pro: Part OneTed Williams' #1 Secret - Improve your Batting Average Hitting DrillHitting Drill Videos","datePublished":"August 15, 2022","dateModified":"September 23, 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\/04\/step-back-drill-with-rick-eisenberg-youtube-thumbnail.jpg","image":"https:\/\/blog.tannertees.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2022\/04\/step-back-drill-with-rick-eisenberg-youtube-thumbnail.jpg","name":"The Step Back Drill with Rick Eisenberg","headline":"The Step Back Drill with Rick Eisenberg","mainEntityOfPage":"For youth baseball players, learning HOW to use the legs to generate a powerful swing and bat speed can be difficult. It's much easier to be all \"upper body\" and just swing the bat with all arms.","description":"For youth baseball players, learning HOW to use the legs to generate a powerful swing and bat speed can be difficult. It's much easier to be all \"upper body\" and just swing the bat with all arms.","articleBody":"
\n\n\n\nWhat is it? \n\n\n\nThis 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.\n\n\n\nIn 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.\n\n\n\nWhy is it important?\n\n\n\nWhen 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.  \n\n\n\nStep-By-Step Instruction\n\n\n\nA 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.\n\n\n\nStep One - The Ready Position\u00a0\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTo set up for the Step Back Drill, start in a narrow hitting stance, with your feet about shoulder width apart.\n\n\n\nStep Two - Sink Back\u00a0 \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIn the next part of this batting tee drill, step back and sink into your back hip\/pelvis.\u00a0 Focus on feeling the tension in your glutes and weight shift of your body weight when you sink back. \u00a0 \n\n\n\nStep Three - Swing Execution\u00a0 \n\n\n\n\u00a0 \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe 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.     \n\n\n\nToday\u2019s Equipment: \n\n\n\nTanner Heavy - https:\/\/tannertees.com\/tanner-heavy\/ \n\n\n\nBaseballs - https:\/\/tannertees.com\/baseballs\/  \n\n\n\nTRAIN HARD, TRAIN OFTEN.\n\n\n\nWe 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. \n\n\n\nLIKE THIS DRILL AND WANT MORE?\n\n\n\nBe sure to check out our video drill library for even more fundamental drills throughout our website.\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019d like to be notified when we post new hitting drills and have some of our best videos delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our emails!\n\n\n\nYOU MAY ALSO LIKE\n\n\n\nCrossover Hitting Drill with Coach Rick EisenbergProvelocity Bat | New Baseball Hitting Aid Increasing Bat Speed By Up To 15 MPHTwo Keys To Make Batting Tee Drills Work Better in Games","datePublished":"April 8, 2022","dateModified":"May 6, 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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