"My son plays on a 12 travel team.hits with power but slow swing. The Bat Drag Buster improved his bat speed tremendously which give him more power also. It forces him to use his lower body to get a level swing. It also keeps his launch angle where it should be. I'm very pleased with it and he loves using it."
"My son Connor loves the Back Drag Buster, it has been a game-changer for him. He has gone from rollover after rollover at-bat to hitting solid line drives on a regular basis."
"I noticed an immediate improvement with my 9-year-old son when using the Bat Drag Buster with the white band. He immediately knows when there is a lack of tension in the band which helps him feel when his back elbow is moving forward...So far this is the only thing that has allowed him to not revert back to bringing his elbow forward during real pitching which puts us further ahead than I ever could have imagined."
"I have worked with the Bat Drag Buster for just a bit since I have received it. I spent 19 years coaching junior college baseball and have stepped away from that to allow for more time to coach my kids’ teams, so I have a strong base of baseball knowledge. I really like this device to help young hitters (8-15-year-olds) that cast out and have no feel for keeping the elbows apart until after contact. So far so good with the results."
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