How to Make a Field Drag

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How to Make a Field Drag
Dragging a field is important for the game. (baseball field image by Dave from

Baseball field drags are essential for effective team performance. Buying a "pre-made" field drag can typically cost around £117, but making one yourself will save you money and will prove just as useful. If a used individual piece of chain link fencing is available, your project will only cost around £13. However, if you need to buy a new fence piece from a local hardware store, your price will rise significantly to around £78.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 foot by 4 foot piece of chain link fencing
  • 8 foot piece of rope
  • 1 foot wooden dowel

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    Creating the Drag

  1. 1

    Lay your fencing down flat with the wider end facing you. Locate the centre of the fence and slide one end of your rope under and back up through the centre fence link.

    How to Make a Field Drag
    Your rope will connect to the "drag" here. (chain fence image by Maksym Dyachenko from
  2. 2

    Grab both ends of your rope and pull them together tight with the fence until the pieces are identical in length.

    How to Make a Field Drag
    Make sure the ends line up. (rope image by AnVer from
  3. 3

    Tie a pair of tight knots with each end of the rope around both ends of the wooden dowel. Place the drag on a dirt field surface and slowly drag it to begin removing rocks and smoothing out your field.

Tips and warnings

  • Most field drags are connected to the "front" of the "drag" piece due to the flexibility of the material used. Using this "cheaper" homemade method, it is necessary to connect the rope to the centre to ensure your drag won't lift up on one end while pulling. Once you get moving with your homemade drag, the momentum will allow for your drag to smoothly slide through the dirt.

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