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Choosing Float Drags for Your Infield Skin !

Choosing the right float drag for your infield can be confusing. Actually, it’s smart to have different types of float drags on hand so you are properly equipped for your dragging duties no matter what the conditions are. All of the float options below will leave a nice professional finish on your infield skin. To help you understand what combination of float drags may be best for you, we have assembled the following summary listing the benefits and uses of each drag.


Steel Mat Drag

Beacon Steel Mat Drag

  • Excellent for any type of infield skin surface
  • Able to pulverize soil chunks
  • Helps to “screen out” small rocks and pebbles on infield surface
  • Can help to cut down high spots and fill low spots
  • If using one large enough to tow, it is suggested to add a drag bar ahead of the drag to help redistribute any soil or topdressing piles on the infield surface

    Rigid Steel Mat Drag

    Beacon Rigid Steel Mat Hand Drag

    • Terrific for in-game dragging
    • Works well with any type of infield skin surface
    • Will pulverize soil chunks
    • Helps to “screen out” small rocks and pebbles on infield surface
    • Can help to cut down high spots and fill low spots

      Beacon Pro Rigid Steel Mat Hand Drag

      • Only for use with infield skins that have a topdressing layer on the surface
      • Reduces the amount of material transported within the drag mesh
      • Great option for in-game dragging

        Beacon Cocoa Mat Drags

        • These are the best drags to use in a damp or somewhat wet infield skin situation
        • Should only be used on topdressed infield surfaces
        • Does not transport infield soil, so there’s no big pile left at the end of the drag
        • If using one large enough to tow, it is suggested to add a drag bar ahead of the drag to help redistribute any soil or topdressing piles on the infield surface
        • Smaller cocoa mats/mops are excellent for in-game dragging

          Drag Broom

          • Works best on infields that have a topdressing layer on the surface as this tool will not pulverize soil chunks
          • A good option when infield conditions are damp or somewhat wet
          • Lightweight tool makes it a great choice for in-game dragging

            Paul Zwaska

            Paul Zwaska

            A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul has been with Beacon Athletics for two decades. Among his many accomplishments, he authored Groundskeeper University, the first online ballfield maintenance training venue and continues to find innovative ways to help groundskeepers.

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