The Barred Arm = Bat Drag Myth
The barred-arm = bat drag myth has been around for a long time. It's funny because the opposite is actually true. The more you bar your arm and compress it against your chest to start the forward swing, the LESS bat drag you will have. You see, bat drag means that the bat is bending backward through contact. Yes, the bat bends through the swing. And the great hitters use this bend to add a tremendous amount of power to their hits. Their bat is bending FORWARD, not backward, through contact. The more straight and compressed your front arm, the more the bat will be bending forward through contact, like all the great hitters had. Forward bend is one of the main secrets of the greatest hitters of all time. It's actually the opposite of bat drag. Get your front arm straightened and compressed to start the forward swing and you will have the bat squarer through the zone AND more pop.