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Slap bunting is an offensive baseball and softball technique described as "the idea behind the skill is to hit the ball to a place on the infield that's farthest from the place where the out needs to be made".[1]

To execute slap bunting, the player is almost always in the back of the left-hand side of home plate, feet slightly open to right field, and choked up slightly on the bat. The moment the pitch is released from the pitchers hand, the player must rotate his hips toward the pitcher and then cross his back (left) foot over his front foot, moving up to the very front edge of the batters box.[2] His shoulders should face the pitcher at this point. If the pitch is in the strike zone, the player should then extend his arms so that the bat is at the correct angle for where he wants to place the ball — the barrel trailing the hands if he wants the ball to go to the left side of the field, and the opposite if he wants it to go to the right.

The technique is quite common in softball because of the difficulty of getting a hit with a pitcher only 40 feet (12 m) away. By already being in the front of the batters box with the batter's body turned halfway toward first base, the batter already has some momentum toward first base and might be in better position to get a base hit.[1]

The technique is often successful in sacrifice circumstances, where the placement of the ball could help advance a runner already on base. It is also often used when batters are having difficulty getting a hit off of a difficult pitcher, or when they have a better opportunity of getting on base because of the slap bunt than a hit, perhaps because of the player's running speed.

Some advanced players might perform a slap hit, which is the same technique except that the player swings to place the ball in an infield hole or over the infielders' heads.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Walker, Kirk (2007). The Softball Drill Book. Human Kinetics. ISBN 978-0-7360-6070-7. 
  2. ^ "How to Slap Bunt". 

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Daily Ardmoreite
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:11:15 -0700

“In a game situation, it's good to have a switch-hitter that can slap (bunt) and has power from the right side,” Parnell said. “That's the great thing about her, is she's able to, in a situation where you need someone to slap bunt or something like ...
Lewiston Sun Journal
Tue, 09 Jun 2015 20:00:00 -0700

But a perfectly-executed slap bunt by Dragons No. 8 hitter Pearson Cost loaded the bases in the seventh, and one hitter later, Cam Berry shook off a rough game by driving Ullrich's 110th pitch to deep left field for a walk-off sacrifice fly and a 2-1 ...


Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:15:00 -0700

Players can drag bunt, slap bunt or slap hit. Hitters stand in the back of the batter's box then begin to move forward when the pitcher releases the ball. They then bring their right foot back and step forward with their left. Contact should be made ...

Peninsula Daily

Peninsula Daily
Fri, 22 May 2015 00:30:00 -0700

Slappers, a term Gouge wholeheartedly embraces, also can slap-and-run with runners on base, slap bunt along the third-base line and soft slap when they see fielders edging back. “That's the great thing about slapping, you are always keeping the defense ...

Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online

Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
Wed, 06 May 2015 21:18:45 -0700

The versatile switch-hitter — she can slap bunt from the left-handed side of the plate but Gordon said he likes to have her hit for power — is currently batting a team-high .692 with no strikeouts and a .765 on-base percentage. She has stolen 18 ...

Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online

Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
Tue, 05 May 2015 21:18:18 -0700

As a freshman, Mitchell arrived at Clarksburg as a right-handed hitter with the ability to slap bunt as a left-handed batter. But after switching club teams — to the Vienna Stars — her coach told her to pick one. “I ended up deciding to bat left ...
Torrington Register Citizen
Tue, 26 May 2015 20:45:00 -0700

Naugatuck's Johnson started the bottom of the inning with a great slap bunt over the infield and a steal. Seymour went down on a strikeout, pop-up and fly to center. In the second, Dubois drew a leadoff walk for Torrington. Pinch runner Nina Julian ...
West Seneca Bee
Wed, 13 May 2015 16:03:45 -0700

The Lady Trojans' three-run second inning — highlighted by Madi Jaszcz's improvised slap bunt that scored runners from first and second base — gave them the cushion they would need to withstand the Lady Flames' fifth-inning surge. The Lady Trojans ...

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