Fast-Focus Drill With a Batting Tee
Fast-Focus Drill With a Batting Tee

Baseball/Softball: Refocus Tip for Batting Tee Drills

Pat Aitken

The main problem with using a batting tee is that the ball is a stationary target.  Your students can practice their swing mechanics and hand-eye coordination, but it's not like hitting a moving ball.

However, a small modification can make batting tee drills more game-like. It will also develop your players' visual tracking ability.

Have your players begin each swing by first focusing their vision on a spot about 60 feet away, then immediately refocusing on the ball and hitting it.            

1. Jerry Kindall (Editor), Science of Coaching Baseball, Human Kinetics Publishers, 1992.
2. Ned McIntosh, Little Leagues Drills & Strategies, McGraw-Hill, 2008.

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