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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]

References[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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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 ...

ThisWeekNews

ThisWeekNews
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 ...

New Bern Sun Journal

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

West Craven senior Hannah Peters, front row center, will play softball in college at Southeastern Community College. She was joined at her signing event by her sister Madeline Peters, father Donnie Peters, mother Tina Peters and sister Caitlin Peters.

Los Cerritos News

Los Cerritos News
Thu, 21 May 2015 09:18:45 -0700

“I think I was just struggling at the plate, not having a good enough plan and not being so decisive as to whether I wanted to slap, bunt or hit,” Morrow said. “I just went back to the basics and hit off of the tee every day.” Briana Garrett had led ...

Beatrice Daily Sun

Beatrice Daily Sun
Tue, 05 May 2015 21:05:29 -0700

We've got some guys that can drag bunt, slap bunt and just sacrifice bunt and we've done that well the last three games." That was the only scoring until Beatrice decided to make things interesting in the bottom of the seventh. Jarrett Schultze reached ...

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 ...
 
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 ...

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 ...
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