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Bat DragWhen my older son started to struggle with Bat Drag, I looked at every video on the Internet, read every article, and tried every solution that I could find.

What I found is that NONE of the proposed solutions for Bat Drag don't work.

I know, because I tried them all.

How to Fix Bat Drag

Both of my boys had serious problems with Bat Drag — as a result of my following some well-intentioned and common, but ultimately problematic, advice — and my efforts to help them drove the research behind this piece. I then turned it into a webbook called Fixing Bat Drag that describes, in detail, what I did to help my boys and their friends and classmates.

Fixing Bat Drag costs just $29 and is GUARANTEED to work. If you don't solve the problem, you don't pay anything.

Fixing Bat Drag is also available, for FREE, as part of my hitting & pitching bundles.

Chris,
After getting my daughter hitting lessons with no success I finally decided to take it upon myself to correct her bat drag.
After trying everything that I knew, I decided to pay the 29 bucks and get your information. I thought what do I have to lose. After working with your program for only a couple of weeks my daughter had a scrimmage game. She is a 10th grader and plays outfield for the high school team. On her first at bat she hit the ball very hard in the gap for a double.
I want to thank you personally for helping me remedy the bat drag. It is the best information I have come across by far. I have attached a picture of her swing which is remarkably better. Her hands are in front of her elbow.
We have used the George Brett drill with great success. Her power has doubled and is pulling the ball sometimes.
Thanks again for your help.  We are gonna continue to work to get her the best swing possible.
Bryan R.
February 2020

What Doesn't Work

I tried any number of recommended fixes for Bat Drag.

Heavy Bat

When I realized my older son had a problem with Bat Drag, the first thing I did was but him a heavier, wood bat.

I was assured that would quickly improve in swing. Instead, it made it (much) worse, not better.

What I saw on video was what you see in these two frames of a hitter using the Sledge Bat, which is a type of heavy bat that is targeted at kids.

In the picture above, notice how the hitter's front arm is fully extended and barred out and his back elbow has slid forward of his back hip.

In the picture above, notice how the hitter is in the standard stacked elbow position, with the back elbow just below the front elbow.

At the end of the day, heavy bats don't work because Bat Drag isn't just a problem of strength. Instead, Bat Drag is a problem with where and how the hitter generates force. Until you address that problem, a heavy bat is likely only going to make Bat Drag worse and not better.

In my experience, solutions like the use of a heavy bat to deal with Bat Drag do not work. Instead, they tend to make a problem with Bat Drag worse. In fact, I would argue that the reason why both of my boys had fairly serious problems with Bat Drag wasn't that I didn't have them swing with heavy enough bats.

Instead, the problem was that I gave them heavy bats too soon.

As a result, I am fairly cautious when it comes to heavy bats and slow to adopt them, at least when it comes to kids who aren't yet in 7th or 8th grade. 

Bat on the Side of the Shoulder

The main thing I tried when working on my older son's Bat Drag was having him do a number of drills in which you put the bat on the side of your shoulder and swing from there, much as you see demonstrated in videos like these...

While he showed some slight improvement when doing this, when I looked at his swings on video I saw that his Bat Drag was just being masked, not eliminated.

Bat Drag

Bat on the Side of the Shoulder and Bat Drag

What's worse, and as was the case for the hitter above, merely putting the bat on the side of his back shoulder and dropping his back elbow to his side, in the absence of any other instruction, seemed to increase the temptation for him to start the swing by pulling with his back elbow.

In my (direct) experience, putting the bat on the side of the shoulder only works if you accompany it with a complete set of instruction and cues as I do with the George Brett Drill and, just as importantly, know what "gotcha's" to look for.

Getting the Back Elbow Up

When my son and his teammates were younger, one cue that did seem to work was telling them to get their back elbow up. While I don't have video to prove it, I believe that getting the back elbow up made it less likely that they would be late in starting their swing and more likely to be on time. Basically, it made them more direct to the ball (and direct to the ball is a good thing in most young hitters). However, that cue stopped working in 3rd grade when we moved to kid pitch and hitting wasn't as simple as timing the pitch as it came out of the pitching machine.

Turning the Barrel

Some people swear that teaching hitters to turn the barrel will fix Bat Drag. However, in the case of my older son, his problem was that he already turned the barrel too much with his hands. As a result, telling him to turn the barrel turned a long, slow, sweep-y swing into an even longer, slower, sweep-ier swing. At the core, he wasn't doing the right things with his hands and wrists and and telling him to turn the barrel, as it is commonly taught, made things worse and not better.

There are many videos and articles out there that purport to fix bat drag. However, I tried most of them out when working with my older son and found that they either don't work or they work for reasons that are different than are proposed. It was their minimal to total ineffectiveness that led me to research Bat Drag and to come up with my own solutions to it.

What Can Work

Look at the Grip

Fixing Bat Drag

I have distilled the lessons I have learned about how to fix Bat Drag into Fixing Bat Drag, a webbook that explain why Bat Drag happens, how to prevent it, and how to fix it.

Fixing Bat Drag costs just $29 and is GUARANTEED to work. If you don't solve the problem, you don't pay anything.

Fixing Bat Drag is also available, for FREE, as part of my hitting & pitching bundles.

To get to work on saving your hitter's swing and love of the game, just click the Buy Now button.

Chris,
Just a follow up from the previous email.
My daughter started at CF for the JV team. After 20 at bats, her hitting average is .400.
She has since been moved to the varsity team and plans to start in LF tonight for the varsity.... totally amazing.
Your bat drag program is a bargain for $29, it is worth much more.  I would encourage anyone struggling with bat drag to get this information. By far it is the BEST info on the web and it's not even close!
Thanks again,
Bryan R.
March 2020
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