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How do you fix Bat Drag?
First, you need to understand the difference between Bat DRAG and Bat LAG, two terms that are often used interchangeably.
How to Fix Bat Drag
Despite what people would have you believe, it's no simple task to fix Bat Drag.
In part, that's because Bat Drag can make a swing look pretty good.
For a while.
Bat Drag vs. Bat LaG
The key thing you need to understand to fix Bat Drag is the difference between Bat DRAG and Bat LAG.
As I explain in greater detail in my piece on the subject, Bat Drag occurs when the hitter's back elbow slides forward of their back hip and under their front elbow, causing them to make contact farther out front than is typical. Bat Drag may also cause the barrel to dump down out of the plane of the swing.
Bat Drag is usually caused by the hitter trying to power their swing with their arms, and with their back arm in particular.
Bat Lag is a normal stage of a high-level swing. As the hands rotate around the hitter's body, the barrel will tend to lag behind the hands. In most cases, the result will be a 90 degree angle between the front forearm and the barrel of the bat.
Generally, the longer the hitter can hold this lag position — and many hitters can maintain this lag position through rotation to the point where the barrel is pointing back at the catcher — the more powerful the swing will be. In the best swings, only at the last second will the bat come out of the lag position and rotate around and through the Point Of Contact.
How to Fix Bat Drag
The frame below shows Albert Pujols just coming out of the Bat Lag position, with the barrel of his bat lagging behind his hands and pointing back at the catcher.
Albert Pujols in the Bat Lag Position
Notice that Albert Pujols' back elbow is at his back hip. As a result, his hands are connected to and rotating just ahead of his back shoulder.
In contrast, in the pictures above and below, which show what hitters with Bat Drag look like at the Bat Lag position, notice how their back elbows have slid forward of their back hips and how their hands are rotating in line with their shoulders instead of ahead of their back shoulders.
That is a problem because it will change where, when, and how the barrel will Whip through the strike zone.
Fixing Bat Drag involves teaching the hitter to use their Top Hand and back arm differently, and that starts with changing how and where they power their swing.
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