The WORST Hitting Drill for Baseball or Softball EXPOSED!

Written By: Chas Pippitt
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Many players are getting ready for tryouts at their high schools and some are doing 'preseason' workouts for their 12 and under travel teams. I keep hearing the same complaints that some of the drills they are being forced to do are against what makes sense in the swing.  Many coaches will 'isolate' the hands with top and bottom hand drills.  I don't really have a problem with that in moderation as its a great strength and coordination building movement, and can be fun for kids to make games out of.  Coaches will spread hitters out really wide and force wrist isolation as well with more 'speed toss' drills which consist of repetitive arm motion to swing the bat across the chest instead of hip driven turning.  We do this drill in our evaluations to see what kids 'eliminate' in their swing in order to hit the balls.  Most kids take their hips out...bad idea.  The best kids with the best patterns naturally keep their hips moving, and more often than not, can hit more balls in number and hit more balls hard.  Coaches also do drills putting kids on one knee, again, taking all stabilization out of the swing (which makes no sense) and forces kids again to create an 'arms and wrist dominated' move, simply because they have no other choice.

The Worst Hitting Drill Ever

While those drills aren't the best drills, they're not the worst either.  This is the worst drill you can do for hitting a baseball properly and yet it's one of the most commonly used drills from little league up, even into the college ranks.  It hurts me to even link to this drill I think it's so bad...so proceed with caution...

High Back Tee Drill with Pros

How would the High Back Tee Drill look if added two tees into Ryan Braun's game swing? Looks like Braun is doing this drill incorrectly?

Ryan-Braun

How about Ichiro, a hitter I never teach off of and is known for hitting SINGLES instead of powerful drives, do you think he's going to miss the high tee? Even singles hitters must get their barrel in the way of the baseball!

Even singles hitters must get their barrel in the way of the baseball!

Maybe Ken Griffey Jr, one of the best 15 hitters of all time could execute this drill.  I figure he's noted for hitting for power, average, and just overall being extremely technically sound and having one of the 'prettiest' swings ever to grace the game of baseball.  Surely he misses the back tee. One of the best hitters of all time destroys the back tee in this drill with a real game swing!

On of the best hitters of all time...destroying the High Tee/Low Tee drill in his real game swing.

Do we think the professional player's actual movements are incorrect or the drill?  Even worse, if we now know the drill is wrong...how come this is such an accepted part of our fundamental teaching for our youngest players?  The scary part about this drill and the blind following of mechanical teachings, like 'A to C' mechanics and 'swing down' mechanics, is that they're not visually supported at all in actual MLB games!  

Live Proof:

Remember this clip from the 2012 world series?  Really LISTEN to the announcers' voices and how they're excited about debunking the myths and finding out what really happens in the game swing of MLB players.  Think about the advantages of seeing what's happening so hitters across the country can benefit from more accurate teaching and more drills that make sense.

What would happen to the 'high back tee' in that swing?  Honestly, it really makes me sad when I see a kid come into my building with that downward trajectory in their barrel.  It makes me mad when that kid tells me he's had dozens of lessons and PAID for that information.  I do not expect youth coaches to be experts in the baseball or softball swing.  But I do expect the ideas and drills they have the kids do to make sense.  As stated in our Pitchers vs Hitters article, we know the pitcher is throwing the ball down so we must get our barrel in the way of the baseball and keep it there a long time.  Drills that directly disallow that should not be practiced...and there is no real use for them in training purposes other than to fix a DRAMATIC uppercut and even then there are simply better ways to accomplish a better swing path.

A pitcher's perspective:

"As a former professional, I would go out and watch BP on the days of my start to gain a perspective on the hitters I would be facing later that night.  Regardless of size, potential, and current statistics at the time, I knew I had a competitive advantage over the hitters whose swings resembled the path of swinging down on the baseball.  I threw a sinker, and a late-breaking slider; two pitches that posed to be tough for hitters who were swinging down.  On the other hand, a hitter who dropped his bat in the zone early  and was able to keep the barrel in the zone for a longer period of time posed a tougher challenge."  -Justin Orenduff

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Jimmy Onate
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Jimmy Onate

Nice job and I agree – its a matter of bat time in hitting zone and best path for creating ball contact for line drives – nice work!

Do
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Do

Think about this, all the pictures show tilt. If no tilt then bat angle will be more a to b.

brian allen
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brian allen

Great read! Your training equipment has been great for my boys.

thank you….

Brian.

Paul Mann
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Paul Mann

Great article Chas. What a crazy video of the downward swing- the guy just showed everyone how to ground out weakly to shortstop. The ball hit the ground before it hit the net 6 feet away!

Keep up the good work!
Paul Mann

jerry
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jerry

I cant belive that guys are still teaching this swing down stuff.. I hate to admit it but I taught my 26 yr old this when he was about 12 and struggling with hitting. With a hitting coach like me no wonder he struggled. . But since then it has been proven time and time again thru video that top level hitters do not swing down. some thing ted williams said so long ago .so I consider it neglectful espcially for guys who make money to teach this .downward swing. After so much video proof its wrong ..Swinging down doesnt… Read more »

Jamie
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Jamie

Chas: I’m sorry but this guy really is a tool when it comes to any form batting instruction. Even if he believes in the downward swing that he is demonstrating, how can he state to hit the top half of the ball to create backspin. At least if he said hit the bottom half of the ball on a downward swing maybe he could create a little backspin, although it would be very weak at best. But no way by hitting the top half of a ball on a down swing. This is what is scary about youth baseball or… Read more »

Warren B.
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Warren B.

But don’t golfers hit their iron shots with a downward swing to impart backspin? Why not baseball players. Afterall, hitting a thrown baseball with a bat and hitting a golf ball lying motionless on the fairway with an angled club are the exact same thing right??? (Sorry Chas, I just couldn’t help myself!!)

Bennett Mann
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Bennett Mann

We have done this drill at my Junior College and the next day i get an email from the Baseball Rebellion telling me that the worst drill is one we are doing in COLLEGE nonetheless. You would think that guys that have been all-americans coaching us wouldn’t teach a downward swing and now I’m starting to think that our coaches are full of it. We’ve also done drills on our knees swinging with one hand.
P.S. The best thing that happened to baseball is the “Phantom Camera” like the the analysts said

Troy Frazier
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Troy Frazier

Chas,
Unbelievable video from a guy who was actually our PITCHING coach for the Evansville Otters in 2011, Marty Kenny. I played for one of the best hitting coaches in the country, John Cohen who’s now at Mississippi State and I can personally say we never did anything close to this drill and mostly the opposite. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Troy

dalman.caleb13
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dalman.caleb13

Hey Chas,

I was wondering if you would be willing to explain your “box” drill as a response to this improper bat path video. I know you’ve mentioned it before in videos but hoping you would show it in action. Keep rebelling.

Thanks

Big D
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Big D

The pictures are great. Isn’t the way to “defeat” that drill (or do it properly) is to swing inside the back tee (not down)? That’s what I teach my kid when he has do it. While his teamates hit grounders doing the drill, my kid hits line drives into the right/center gap. People think its magic. 🙂

Bobby Craig
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Bobby Craig

I have been coaching Travel baseball the last 5 years and see these kinds of things being taught by other teams in practices and pregame warmups way too often. It makes you wonder if coaches even attempt these drills before they teach them. Would have loved to have been there when you guys gave the T drill a shot. To make it worse, I have seen guys that played college and/or pro ball teaching this craziness to kids. Most of them only desire to make money off their names and investing little time to analysis and research. With all the… Read more »

David Williams
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David Williams

Charles, Good to see your educating the world on how to hit bombs and not pea shooters over the 2nd baseman’s head. Simple concept I always wondered in my playing days: why are we always taught to “swing down on the ball” if pitchers are taught to throw down in the zone. That results in a ground ball 9 out of 10 times. Only way to consistently drive the baseball is to swing level, if not with a slight upper cut. It’s physics for “Pete’s sake” (Matt Myers reference)…..the more level your swing, the more time your bat spends in… Read more »

Jamie
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Jamie

Chas: Not sure if you caught it on MLB channel yesterday but Freddie Freeman on the Braves was in a batting cage in Spring Training discussing his swing and what drills he prefers to do to get ready. He said he doesn’t like hitting off the tee because he can’t swing down at the ball off a tee in order to create the backspin he likes to get carry, much like the video above states. Instead he prefers front soft toss. I’ve seen Freeman swing, in fact he homered yesterday in a game and it does not apprear that he… Read more »

Deveren
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Deveren

Hi Chas, Im always in search of informed hitting instructors who know what actually happens in the baseball swing of the best hitters vs what most hitting instructors “think” happens. I myself am a professional hitting instructor, former player, and by my calculations have averaged 15-20 hitting lesson a week since 2003. I began teaching the swing path you advocate in 2004. Im one of 2 guys in the West Central Florida area that believes this is the most efficient path to the back of the ball. And all my clients hit for high average, and power, and it doesnt… Read more »

Bob Stanton
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Bob Stanton

I think this article is a bit insane! I hope you are referring to older, or top of the list, select type kids. Have you ever tried to coach an 5,6,7,8, or 9 year old how to swing? Especially the kids at the bottom of the lineup who are currently extremely uncoordinated who think that the way to swing is to drop their hands and try to lift the ball? What do you think happens when those kids get in front of a coach pitching, a pitching machine, or worse live pitching? How do you rid of an upper cut… Read more »

Bob Stanton
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Bob Stanton

PLUS – My son is an exception. My son works hard at advanced skills (many of which you refer to above which I do NOT disagree with) with advanced coaches. I think it is eggregious and arrogant that you poo poo drills that some kids need to be successful. Easy to sit in an ivory tower when you are teaching the best of the best and criticize drills that some of us NEED to get the bottom kids to improve AND for them to enjoy the game. The problem is that you are passing this off as advice that works… Read more »

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agcisneros

Bob, It’s a bit weird that you would agree with the hitting principles of the article, yet insist that teaching incorrect principles to kids is correct. It’s disappointing that anyone would purposefully hinder a student/athlete by teaching them things that are incorrect and have no chance of helping them in the long run. Kids are capable of learning at an extraordinary pace. Their unbiased brains can learn languages, patterns, and yes, bodily movements so much faster than adults…and they have no preconceived notions about them. Of course you do not have to go through upper level hitting theory to them… Read more »

mike
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mike

Chas — I see your point for baseball. What about fastpitch softball? The trajectory of the ball is a bit different. Opinion?

Patrick Flanagan
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Patrick Flanagan

I think you should find out why this is being taught. Also why does Matt Kemp do this drill and swear by it? You don’t explain why you don’t like it. You just say it is garbage. You show a couple of clips and draw a couple lines. But really, do you think that major league batters are doing this for no reason or because they are horrible hitting instructors? Drill down into the “why” they do this and I think you won’t like the answer.

Adrian Vore
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Adrian Vore

The double-tee drill shown above and the swing it is trying to develop is the absolute WORST technique. It’s incredible that guy has a baseball academy. Parents, if any ‘coach’ ever tells your kid to swing like that, immediately run away. No, and I mean NO, major leaguer hits like that. The pictures Chas shows prove it. I had a coach tell me to swing down, and I read a book by a major coach that said to keep your hands below the barrel on contact. It showed a picture of a player posing in this position. Try it yourself.… Read more »

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show0706

I cant believe there are idiots like this guy here in the video. He should be ashamed of himself to even post this garbage. I would like to compare a baseball swing to that of a tennis player returning a volley. A tennis player doesnt swing down. He brings the racket down to the plane of the incoming ball and keeps it there and then swings it in the same plane. A baseball player should have similar mechanics.

Susan H
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Susan H

Hi Chas, Everyone has an opinion. Here’s mine. Regarding the top hand, bottom hand drill If you isolate it and teach it the way you’re thinking then yes you could absolutely be taking them down a narrow path of destruction. I coach fastpitch (softball). We use the top hand/ bottom hand drill to 1 enforce the palm up palm down at contact and 2, to increase their arm strength. We do not use it to muck up their hips…not sure why you believe that is the case. Now…as for your drop hands and uppercut…not a very good bat mechanic in… Read more »

Susan H
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Susan H

Well…top 3 hitters on my team…625+ average…my “slapper” has a 730 on base average and a 675 batting average. My power hitter…710 two consecutive tournaments…680 season average My next four hitters 500 averages. My bottom hitters are in the 400’s. Opinions aren’t validated by the way facts are. My facts are good and I’m pretty sound in what I coach and how I coach it. I appreciate that you’re selling something and in order for you to sell that product you must instill in everyone and anyone that it is the only way. So who are your Major League success… Read more »

person
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person

I think people are just taking this way to serious if you don’t agree with the methods THEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO TEACH THEM!! and to Susan and bob, calm down!! it’s kids baseball it doesn’t matter all that much just teach the kids how you want them to hit and we’ll see how it goes. To chas great article and just keep teaching

Travis
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Travis

Chas, I’m very desperate at this point for your help..and opinion! My son has a very polished swing he probably could change a thing or 2,like rushing and being tense through his load! But for dome reason his back leg instead of gaining ground forward moves sides ways/ backwards towards the 3rd base dugout.. He’s a righty. I’ve seen this with hanley ramirez quite a bit but obviously there is only ONE hanley.. I can’t figure out the cause for this… He hits for a ton of power and isn’t very big! If you could help me out here I’d… Read more »

Kevin N
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Kevin N

Hi Chas:

Read your article and agree that the drill performed in the video is incorrect. However the drill itself is used to eliminate the separation of the hands from the body and prevent players from swing around the baseball.
I would bet that all the players highlighted in this article would miss the deep tee.

If the goal is to hit off our front knee any swing that makes contact with the back tee would be way too long for most hitters to be consistently successful

Will Fiorelli
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Will Fiorelli

Chas,
How funny to see this article. I am a Travel softball and Varsity high school coach. I was in a heated discussion with a fellow coach for teaching this. I am smiling like crazy now. Just made my day. My first question was how do you expect the girls to stay behind the ball when they are swinging down? Would work for for slap hitters.

Johnny Blue Craig
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Johnny Blue Craig

For years my kid was taught the downward swing or short and to the ball. His stats were terrible. Not knowing much about baseball I accepted it. I started watching great hitters swings in slow motion and those swings were contradicting what my son was being taught. Finally and fortunately a coach named Jamey Shouppe who coached at Florida State for 22 years and is now head coach at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida began teaching my son the correct swing path. He is now playing in college and is hitting very good. Thank you Coach Shouppe.! Without you… Read more »

Corey
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Corey

Chas – I will certainly take this into consideration. Great info. I’ve been preaching bat velocity with my 10 year old team this year. Never used the back T drill until this year and many felt uncomfortable with it so I stopped it. But one thing I try to teach is bat velocity and keeping hands in and getting away from bat drag. Your article was very interesting and I am a person open to all ideas as every player does differ a little. On a personal note, my 9 year old is a bid power hitter. He’s over 5ft… Read more »

Billy Reese
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Billy Reese

Agree and disagree, and here is why. The guy in the video absolutely has a downward / incorrect bat path and teaching the downward path is also incorrect, in my opinion. He is teaching a kid to have a huge hole in his swing and must have absolute perfect timing to be successful. I do use a high back tee drill, but in a completely different manner. We set the back tee slightly further outside of the front tee, because we are trying to rid them of sweeping and dragging the bat through the zone. We use it to attack… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Forgive me, but I disagree, not completely, but to some considerable extent. Maybe these drills go too far, maybe they create more problems than they solve, and maybe some coaches emphasize the downward swing too much. But there is one basic fact that nearly every internet baseball coach seems to miss when criticizing players and coaches who believe in the downward swing. And the basic fact that is missed is that teaching a downward swing WORKS for MANY players MUCH of the time. No one would advocate this swing if it NEVER produced results on the baseball field. And here… Read more »

Adam
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Adam

I grew up the son of a former college coach and had the opportunity and blessing to play at a fairly high level at the division 1 level. I agree with what you are saying, but if you watch a game or you take BP at a above average level you can tell some balls are hit that have backspin and some that have topspin. What creates the difference? I know that balls that I hit with backspin were going a lot farther then balls I hit with topspin even when I felt I squared them up. I am not… Read more »

CoachinFool
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CoachinFool

The sad reality is that many travel ball coaches and “professional” hitting instructors teach a linear/down on the ball swing. There are several reasons for this. Initially, they are creatures of habit and rely on what they were taught many years ago before video break-down of swing mechanics was readily available. Additionally, if you are charging people huge bucks to play on your travel team, or huge dollars for hour long “lessons”, the last thing you are going to do is admit that what you were teaching is wrong and change your ways. Finally, many of these folks are arrogant… Read more »

Rob M
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Rob M

The tees aren’t set with the back tee to swing over. That’s proper execution of the drill. The back tee is set so the bat clears the back tee inside the tee, hands inside ball with bat missing tee
This 2 tee drill is a good drill if done properly. 2 tees set in those positions are fine. Chopping down over top off the back tee is not the proper drill.

Tracy
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Tracy

Great article. As I watched that video it is hard not to laugh/cry because what he is describing what the ball will do is PHYSICALLY impossible. It doesn’t even make sense even without video break down of the hitting motion, the video of good hitters doing it the right way just reinforces this reality.

Chad Keller
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Chad Keller

My son was on a travel team that made the kids do the high tee drill and hit a kick ball to see who could hit it the furthest. I was the only one that could see that every kid on the team hit the ball straight into the ground. When I asked the coach if my kid could hit the kick ball without the high tee and see if it goes further, he just told me, NO.

Chad Keller
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Chad Keller

I have been arguing with people in my area for years on this subject. I have taught both of my sons to hit the correct way of getting on plane with the ball and other coaches are constantly telling them to keep their hands up and swing down. It’s to the point that I have told my kids to just ignore them and keep doing it the way I’ve taught them. If I bother to explain my beliefs on the subject, they just act like I’m wring and don’t know what I’m talking about. I have even shown people videos… Read more »

Rich
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Rich

It’s amazing Chad. My daughter is 8, we’ve been revamping her swing and the improvement in 2 weeks is dramatic. She’s already smashing balls in the gaps. Yet, every time we are in the cage someone makes a comment about the loop in her swing or how her stride is too big. It’s amazing how everyone is an expert! We’re still learning but I can tell you that her power improvement is dramatic. She’s also easily using a 19oz bat instead of the 14oz. she needed for the A-B-C swing.

Rich
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Rich

How does this approach relate to softball hitting as the ball is approaching the hitting zone from below?

JK Whited

Rich,

There is a big misconception that the softball pitch rises through the hitting zone. In fact the softball pitch does reach a max height and go back down through the hitting zone.

JK –

Keith
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Keith

Man. I really liked this drill until now. My son’s issue (one of them) is that he was dropping his barrel. The difference between dipping the barrel and getting on plane seem pretty close. I’ll consider sending some video. Thanks.

Mike
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Mike

The problem with most hitting instruction, and I’d be willing to bet it is part of the 11,000+ hitting lessons spoken about above, is that the emphasis is on the mechanics of the swing. There are thousands and thousands of former baseball players with visually beautiful swings that can’t hit their weight because they’ve never been taught the most important factor in hitting. When someone gets as piqued about mechanics enough to post something like the above it is evidence that he misses it to. The fact is there are no mechanics when a player commits on the wrong pitch.… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Chas, The reason that hitting is down in the major leagues is that the major league batters are undisciplined and pitchers are taking full advantage of that. 20 years ago I was part of a group that wrote a very substantial amount of Key Man life insurance (life insurance owned by the pro teams to indemnify them for the value of the athlete to their business) on a number of professional athletes…one happened to be Greg Maddux (we also wrote a substantial amount on Tom Glavine and on the then 6 top executives of CNN ). During the process I… Read more »

Gabe Dimock
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Mike, I thought Chas’ response was spot on but I’ll throw my two cents in as well. Like Chas said we agree that visual discipline is one of the biggest keys to any hitters success. We do many drills focusing on vision without using a bat! You’re right about Major Leaguers occassionally swinging at bad pitches but I think you forget how difficult hitting really is. It’s hard enough to catch up to 95+ MPH fastballs much less the darting 88 MPH slider, changeup, etc… Major League Hitters are great but they are not machines. They still make mistakes and… Read more »

Karl
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Karl

Your argument concerning bat speed is a non-factor. Albert Pujols consistently put up good numbers with “average” bat speed (topping out at 87 mph). The players who consistently put up 100+ mph bat speed tend to have lower averages. It isn’t that top players are able to get away with a “longer” swing. Rather, as you climb through the levels of baseball, fewer players are able to get away with the “hands-to-the-ball” or “swing down” type swing. In fact, only a few players are able to get away with it when they reach the major leagues. Jeter was one of… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Gabe, Gabe, your defensiveness has caused you to create positions I have not taken. I don’t, and didn’t ignore, the ability of the pitchers in the major leagues…but it is a mistake to assume that the increase in velocities and the fresher arms (due to the larger number of pitchers being used in games) are a mismatch for the physical abilities of major league players. Major league players, despite dropping averages and HRs, are the physical equal of the pitching. Pitchers are paid to get batters out, they don’t have to strike out every pitcher to be successful, they can… Read more »

Gabe Dimock
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Mike, I apologize if I sound defensive. My intent was to simply explain why high level mechanics are imperative to good decision making. I think it is reasonable to say your opinion is counter to this. In order to teach young hitters high level mechanics, you have to look at high level players who maximize their body’s potential. I think we agree on the importance of vision and and decision making but disagree on the mechanical influence on decision making and on the influence of teaching Major League mechanics to youth hitters. We argue that this teaching is positive while… Read more »

Tim
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Tim

My daughter is 11 and plays travel ball. Her hitting coach has been making her hit off of a high tee to keep from dipping down. She doesn’t use 2 tees like the video. So my question is. Is her hitting of the tee high helping her swing or making it worse?

JK Whited

Tim,

If the coach is using a high tee to prevent from “dipping down” then it is making her worse most likely. There are some cases where a hitter may swing up too much but even then they probably do not know the correct way to swing up through the ball path. In those rare occasions, a high tee may be a good thing. I would say 99% of the time, the high tee drills will do more harm than good.

JK-

Slowmotion
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Slowmotion

JK, I found your website and blog as I was searching for images on the web of hitters at the point of contact in the MLB. Your thoughts are spot on as it relates to physics and mechanics of a swing. Seems pretty simple to grasp the concept of if you are swinging down on a ball that is going down…the ball has only one place to go. “Down”. I have taken the time to prove this concept to my two daughters…one playing Div I softball and the other signed to play Div I next year. I also have a… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

I have used the high tee drill before with some success. Players who drop their hands early, start their swing with their hands, and tend to get the back elbow caught behind the body, and end up late with no extension. I find the high back tee, forces kids to start their swing with the lower body, to get in front of the tee, then start the hands. Note I don’t put the tee armpit high. What drill do you use to get the lower body to start the swing, and not let the elbow get caught behind the body?

Tim
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Tim

What actually happens in a swing and what the hitter thinks he’s doing are two different things. If we use upper cut language while teaching, we will get an exaggerated upper cut producing routine fly balls, pop ups and strike outs. If we use direct path or slightly down language while teaching, we will get the proper lag in the bat to produce line drives and gappers. You can’t stop lag from happening, but you can make it worse by enforcing it. Why do we compare 12 year olds or even HS kids to professionals whose job is to hit… Read more »

Gabe Dimock
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Tim, Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately most players are taught with a lot of the same language you used above regarding swinging down and putting too much emphasis on backside ground balls. Instead of learning to drive the ball and finding out how good they can be, young players have their ceilings lowered because of this passive approach. We know that many players will not be home run hitters but the way in which they will help their team the most is by hitting the ball as hard as possible and as consistently as possible! We are not saying that… Read more »

James Clark
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James Clark

High back tee is a joke…. makes no sence at all. Why not get the bat on plane, with a stable front side, and drive through the ball? Why on earth would you want a “backspinning” grounder? Keep your grounders, and my kids will keep their line drives. Love your posts and vidos, Big thanks to Chas and staff for all you guys do to improve our game. James

Bill
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Bill

how can he say all the things it is going to do for the kids and make them a better hitter AND HE HITS IT RIGHT INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE NET which would result in a ground ball! what an idiot this guy is. I am glad you put this out there. Great article. One of my former coaches tried this and i said this is only going to make it easier for the defense and harder for us. Lets just say we stopped that drill after the first game cause i was proven right. Thanks again great read.

Alan Pitman
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Alan Pitman

When I use this drill with 10U. My focus is on staying inside the ball and committing to hitting the ball out front. Your students won’t hit the back tee either. Drills are part of a personal progression for each kid. A drill is only as good as the teacher and his message. At early stages, kids tend to cast their hands and attempt to hit the ball too far back. If their hands are inside the ball the tee never gets touched and the player can still approach the ball from below. I guess it all depends on the… Read more »

JK Whited

Alan, I agree with you when you say “personal progression for each kid”. We may have ten kids come in one day with the exact same problem in which we would treat ten different ways to get them to fix that one problem. This is part of what makes our job really fun and challenging at the same time. Keeping your hands “inside the ball” is such a tricky phrase that we stay away from it. When does a hitter’s hands actually get outside of the ball??? I’ve never seen it. I understand it’s use in “casting” but that phrase… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

Chas, I appreciate what you’re trying to say, but unfortunately its not an apples to apples comparison. I have been a hitting instructor for the last 17 in professional baseball with three different organizations, and the biggest misunderstanding between the amateur ranks and professional baseball is the point of each drill. We understand that the high tee behind drill isn’t how you’re actually going to hit the ball in a game, its a visual aid for the hitter to understand how to get your hands going in the right direction. And because hitting off the tee is the only time… Read more »

Jay W Bondesson
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It’s funny when people have to come to terms with what they have been doing as wrong. Chas is one of the premier hitting coaches in the sport and works with some of the highest level players down to 6 year olds. His methodology is based on what works. Just because it’s little league or softball, and you’ve heard “throw your hands” or “squash the bug” a thousand times doesn’t make it right. It is irrellevent how old the player is. You didn’t see Tiger Woods on the television as a toddler learning bad mechanics. You wouldn’t want to learn… Read more »

Michale
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