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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 a couple 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

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Pro Rigid Steel Mat Drag

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

Cocoa Mat Drags

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

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

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Paul Zwaska

Paul Zwaska

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 with a Bachelor’s in Soil Science with a specialty in Turf & Grounds Management. Paul took over as head groundskeeper for the Orioles’ final season at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and then was heavily involved throughout the design and construction phases of Oriole Park at Camden Yards which debuted on April 4, 1992. Paul has led Technical Sales Support at Beacon Athletics since the summer of 2000. In 2012, Paul authored and oversaw the launch of “Groundskeeper University”, the first online ballfield maintenance training venue. Over the years, Paul has donated thousands of hours working with West Madison Little League, which also plays a critical role in the research and development for many of Beacon’s innovative field maintenance tools.

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