The batting tee is an essential tool for every baseball player. Not only is it a great tool for the beginner to hone their skills, experienced players (even Major League players) use batting tees on a daily basis. It is simply the best tool for working on the mechanics of your swing. The selections we’ve chosen all have great reviews and offer some fantastic features. Here’s the list of our choices for the Top 5 Best Baseball Batting Tees on the Market…
Schutt Batting Tee
Let me start off by saying that while rubber batting tees are significantly cheaper than metal “pro style” tees, when possible, I highly recommend going with a more durable “pro style” tee. The rubber batting tees simply do not hold up as well as the pro style tees.
With that said, I still felt it was necessary to include at least one selection that was the rubberized style of tee, since they are still a very popular choice for parents of beginners and tee ball coaches.
If you prefer rubber tees, or are on a tight budget, the Schutt Batting Tee is the best choice for you. Amazon has included this tee on their “Amazon’s Choice” list, which includes products with high ratings, good prices, and immediate availability to ship.
“…used the tee all summer last year, and it still shows very little signs of use. Now that the weather is warming up again I’ll start using it again. But it got about 3-4 months of solid use last year from mainly myself but also a few others. It took several hundred, if not a thousand hits from aluminum bats (adult softball players). Very durable tee and I don’t regret purchasing it at all.” – Quote from online review
Pros: Regulation home plate can be removed for separate use. Best reviews of any rubber tee online. Extremely affordable.
Cons: Stem replacement is hard to find. May need to replace entire tee if stem breaks. Stem may begin to bend after heavy use.
Another Amazon’s Choice, the Cage Pro Classic features the patent pending FeatherTop ball perch. This feature allows the rubber ball cone to flex when it is hit, removing the typical stress points of other “pro style” tees. The design creates one of the softest and smoothest hitting experiences of any tee. Removing the stress points also adds additional durability to the already durable “pro style” tee. The base is made of an 8.4 lb weight which holds the tee in place during use. With the FeatherTop ball perch and the weighted base you will rarely need to move or adjust the tee once you put it in place. No more knocking the tee over after every swing!
“I was looking for a high quality Tee that would last for my 13 year old sons home practice through his high school years . A few hundred swings on it already and we both are very happy with the cage pro . If he under cuts a ball there’s barely any resistance or drag at all from the tee and it never falls or slides forward . Great quality .” – Quote from online review
Pros: Flexible cone feature provides a smooth feel when hitting. Built in weighted base. One of the most positively reviewed tees on the market.
Cons: Cost is slightly higher than other pro style tees.
As a former professional player and longtime hitting instructor, my biggest frustration and complaint about batting tees is that they never offer complete strike zone coverage. Most original tee models do not go low enough to reach knee height on an adult, let alone a youth hitter. The New Jugs Tee Combo solves this problem. The tee comes with a base, one standard stem, and a short stem. Hitters can easily change between the stems to work on higher or lower locations. Jugs also offers a 1 year guarantee on this tee.
“Can you believe the price? I can’t believe this deal. And what makes it more incomprehensible is the fact that there are two tee stems and it is the best quality I have seen to date!” – Quote from online review
Pros: Solves the biggest problem with most batting tees, giving hitters the ability to work on covering both the bottom and top of the strike zone with a single tee. Excellent quality, with 1 year guarantee.
Cons: With two different stem attachments, portability is not as easy as other selections.
Tanner Tee Batting Tee
Easily the most popular tee among serious baseball players, as well as the most popular tee on Amazon (also made the Amazon’s Choice list). Tanner Tees were the original “pro style” tee. You’ll find the Tanner Tee in almost every professional and college baseball team’s hitting tunnel. They’re made in the USA, and built to last. I’ve personally seen these tees take a serious beating and continue to hold up for years. My personal Tanner Tee is 5 years old and still kicking. I’d estimate that over that time period it has been used for over 2,500 hitting lessons, and it continues to perform the same as it did brand new. Tanner Tees are backed by a one year product guarantee.
“This tee amazes me. It is so so so much better than the other tees that I’ve owned. I’ve gone through about 3 tees in the last year, and I got so fed up and just decided to spend a bit more money on a higher quality tee. Most tees will start to crack and break at the tip of the tee after about 50 swings. Not this one. This tee will literally last a lifetime.” – Quote from online review
Pros: Durability, and quality are unmatched. Many accessories and options available. Made in USA. 1-year product guarantee.
Cons: The original model alone does not allow you to set the ball up as low as some of the other tees on our list.
*Note: While the original model does not go to the bottom of the strike zone on most hitters, you can purchase a separate shorter stem to achieve that feat for $55. When purchased with an original Tanner Tee, the combo price is actually slightly less than the Jugs version above.
Backspin Batting Tee
The Backspin Tee is a revolutionary product. In fact, it’s such a game changer that it won the Bronze Medal for Outdoor Sports & Recreation in the 2016 Edison Awards. Unlike traditional tees, the ball is placed into a cone that is hanging upside down. So the hitter sees the bottom half of the ball instead of the top half.
While the Backspin Tee is double, and in some cases, triple the cost of our other selections, it’s worth the price tag. Studies have shown that the Backspin Tee actually increases the rate of line drives that users hit, when compared to using a traditional tee. So, if you’re serious about your or your child’s development as a hitter, then this is the tee for you!
“It really is as advertised… it’s changing not only how my kids are seeing the ball… but what they are attacking…& how they are hitting.” – Quote from online review
Pros: The only tee available that has been proven to promote hitting line drives. Several models to choose from to match your needs.
Cons: It can take a while for a new user to get used to placing the ball inside the inverted cone. Price is significantly higher than our other selections.
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