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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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The Missoulian

The Missoulian
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:06:05 -0700

Then, a slap-bunt by Natalie Schwab, the No. 9 hitter, put two on with just one out. A sweet swing Newbary later, the score was suddenly 4-1. "She was throwing outside the whole game, and I was getting really annoyed with it, so I just said 'I'm gonna ...

Laredo Morning Times

Laredo Morning Times
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 02:57:14 -0700

Richardson laid down a slap bunt to the second baseman to score one and was thrown out at first. Geiger struck out to end the inning as Laredo led 7-1. Leaving three on base in the third and two on in the fifth, catcher Brian Peterson wasn't going to ...

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 05:02:57 -0700

"She has an absolute bulldog determination to succeed," Coach Chris Olmstead said. "She is so versatile for our team. She can switch hit, slap, bunt and hit for power, and that's in addition to her phenomenal speed and baserunning skills. ... We are ...

Community Newspaper Group

Community Newspaper Group
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:43:55 -0700

Junior Lea Brunssen led off with a bloop infield single, freshman Shelby Hulsebus reached on a slap bunt to third base, and the Mustangs walked junior Alyssa Wiebel. Brunssen then scored the team's first run on a groundout by sophomore Jaicee Lyons.

White Hall Journal

White Hall Journal
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:18:45 -0700

She's perfected the slap bunt. She a very smart softball player and loves the game. She is a coaches dream. Reap started the All Star game in right field and played four innings. In the second game of the double header, she caught for two innings ...


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 00:30:56 -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 ...

New Bern Sun Journal

New Bern Sun Journal
Wed, 20 May 2015 14:33:45 -0700

“She is going to bring to our team a lot of quickness, batting from the left side and being able to slap bunt. She is going to add to our roster,” Stephens said. “The times I saw her play, she pitched a couple innings on her travel ball team. She is ...

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