Teaching a young baseball player to hit can be a tall task for most coaches. Every hitter will have their own strengths and weaknesses, and you have a limited amount of time to focus on each player. A pitching machine is great for batting practice, but it can be difficult to focus on the mechanics of a swing while a hitter is focused on trying to make contact. If you’re looking for a great way to help a young hitter focus on their swing, you should try incorporating a batting tee into your practices. Keep reading to find out how a batting tee can help young players improve!
Learn the Mechanics
A batting tee helps players and coaches slow down their hitting motion and focus on any problem area. The repetition of a correct swing will help build muscle memory. This isn’t alway possible with batting practice because a young hitter feels pressured to hit the ball well every time and may sacrifice proper form for hits. You don’t want a young player getting into bad habits early since it is harder to correct than to teach. Practicing with a batting tee will help batters focus on form without any pressure to look good for their coach and teammates.
Learn to Hit in Different Spots
Using a tee can help improve the mechanics of your swing, but it won’t help learning how to track the ball and adjust to a pitch. After a young batter has improved their mechanics, try moving the tee to help them learn to hit over different areas of the plate. A good tee will have enough height adjustments that you can teach hitting pitches all over the plate, and not just dead center.
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