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As mentioned in the video above, bat drag is when a batter will pull their back elbow past the knob of the bat, delaying the barrel’s turn around the knob. Therefore the barrel is being “dragged” behind the knob for a majority of the hitters swing, only to be turned or whipped out from behind at the last second. Often times, this last second barrel turn will result in extremely inconsistent contact. However, if the timing is perfect, hard contact can be had but is not sustainable as a player rises to competition level.
Once bat drag is identified as the main problem, the player must first learn how to use their lower half properly. When a player has bat drag, their upper half is being used as the main driver for bat speed. Learning the proper lower half techniques will help the player feel where power really starts from.
After or during a player’s lower half “renovation”, they can start to progress up the swing and really dive into fixing their bat drag. Some players that are older or coordinated enough can begin to work on it sooner if they can handle it. The Bat Drag Buster can really help a player feel the space between the elbows needed through their rotation. With the bat drag buster on and a series of drill provided by the Baseball/Softball Rebellion, players can learn to also turn their barrels deeper and faster into the hitting zone and therefore eliminate their “drag”.
Thanks for reading!
JK Whited – Senior Hitting Instructor