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Tilting the Tee for Better Hitting Drills

By Meachrm @BaseballBTYard

I’m a gigantic fan of tee work.  So are a huge majority of major league hitters so I think I’m in good company.  It’s tough to improve upon something that has worked for so many generations but I may have found an exception.

An assistant on my son’s 11u travel team (who is also a scout and former D1 player and coach) incorporated something new into all their tee drills at practice.

He tilts the tee back a little.

Here is a standard tee position with it flat on the ground …

Tilting the tee for better hitting drills

The tube placed on the tee represents the path of the pitch in this position.  It’s flat and not very realistic.  

But if you tilt the tee back a little like this next photo (I used a barbell weight underneath) …

Tilting the tee for better hitting drills

… you’ll see that the tube better matches the plane of a real pitch.

It’s not a huge game-changer but that little visual difference for hitters can help them grasp the concept of matching the plane of the pitch with their swing.

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