Spell Great with a “Tee”

Many a young batter begins his baseball career as a tee-ball player, swinging at a stationary target on a pedestal. As the batter improves, there is often a tendency to abandon the tee, citing “it’s too easy” or “that’s for kids” or some other excuse. Nonsense. A batting tee is a viable tool no matter how great the hitter.

Even the most accomplished major-league hitter uses a conventional batting tee, often on a daily basis. Always revert to basics! The more advanced a batter becomes, the more important it is to anchor his style to a duplicable, definitive, consistent swing. Many times, a more advanced batter sees a successful hitter and, even on an unconscious level, begins to emulate the other swing and lose sight of his own. In addition, the success  of a great hit (often, a home run or long fly ball) can influence a batter to make a subtle change in his swing in the attempt to duplicate his feat. Agan, a slight and imperceptible change in his swing causes ongoing problems.

The tee grounds the batter to his unique swing and reinforces his proper mechanics and timing. Using a tee is not a rote, mindless process. As much as possible, replicate game conditions: begin each at-bat looking toward an imaginary pitcher’s mound then adjust your sight to the ball on the tee. Move the tee to various locations, e.g. low and outside or high and inside or in front of the plate or toward the catcher. Simulate game situations, too, i.e. there’s a runner on third base and you lift a fly ball or there’s a runner on second and you must advance him.

The simplest things in baseball are often the best. Become the best hitter possible (measured against your potential) with a return to the beginning. Make it simple, make it basic, make it great!



About twskipton

Todd W. Skipton created the Raising A Man enterprise to provide examples, biographies, quotes, stories, and inspiration about great men and women throughout history and sports. These high achievers tapped into their inner conquering spirit in order to fulfill their maximum potential. Begin the journey from hope to reality; from possibility to accomplishment; from boyhood to manhood. Be great at everything and be great at life!
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