ProsYou need a batting tee with a tee topper that gives as little resistance as possible. The original Tanner Tee gives you that. This is my unbiased Tanner Tee review. The Tanner Tee has a rolled rubber top that makes it easy to place the ball on top while allowing kids to train in the high-level swing without external interference at ball strike. It's also lightweight, which is a consideration—given that coaches tend to have quite a few things to carry from the car to the field. However, being lightweight can also be a drawback in addition to being a feature.
ConsThe fact that the original Tanner Tee is lightweight means that kids who mis-hit the ball (by swinging just a few inches lower than the ball) will knock over the entire tee. Aside from losing the kids' focus as they giggle at the sight of a knocked-over tee, it wastes practice time to repeatedly pick up a tee that gets knocked over. Also, because the rolled rubber top is permanently attached to the stem, you have to be very careful how you store the tee—particularly in the car during transport to and from the field. If the rubber top is bent for an extended period of time, it could have a permanent crease that compromises the strength of that rubber top.
ConclusionFor a time, the Tanner Tee was the exclusive provider of the rolled rubber top tee. Whether the company forgot to patent its invention, the patent expired or whatever, that no longer is the case. Companies like Skilz, $99 and Jugs, $75 now offer their own version of the rolled rubber top tee. At $70, the original Tanner Tee is cheaper than all of them, and it comes in both an adult and a shorter youth version. (It was $50 when I first got mine.) Would I recommend a Tanner Tee? If your budget is no more than $75, than yes, I would recommend a Tanner Tee. There are better tees out there but they cost more. If you can afford to pay more, I have higher recommendations I'll be posting in the next few days. Verdict: 4 of 5 Edgy Balls: Above average.
OK to buy if budget is limited but if you can afford it, there are better options.
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