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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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Northwest Georgia News

Northwest Georgia News
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:30:00 -0800

"The corner (infielders) will be quicker in college, but Tiffany can do more than just lay down bunts," she added. "She's a triple-threat in that she can slap, bunt and hit and that's what will benefit her in college. She doesn't just have to rely on ...

Kansas City Star

Kansas City Star
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:17:52 -0700

“He runs the bases, he's very athletic, he can run, slap bunt. ... He's been tough against us this series. Every time he comes up, you got that concern in your mind about how we are gonna get this guy out. He's been great for them in this series ...
 
San Jose Mercury News (blog)
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:39:43 -0700

Not that I can complain about re-using a winning formula, but I'm still seeing Blanco taking big swings when he should know better (though I'm encouraged by his bunt/slap bunt efforts). I have a hard time seeing a leadoff guy fly out to the deep outfield.
 
Muscatine Journal
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:26:15 -0700

“Early on in the year she was really trying to power slap too much, I believe,” he said. “We kind of told her you just need to put the ball on the ground any way, even if it was a soft slap, bunt, whatever. She took that and did some great things with ...
 
Daily American Online
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0700

How well will we cover the bag after fielding the ball from a slap bunt.” Right fielder Stephanie Haer wants to help out defensively by making some great catches. “Offensively, I want to get some good hits early in the game to help get our pitchers ...
 
Natchez Democrat
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:11:06 -0700

An RBI slap bunt by Kylie Powell added another run to put ACCS up 3-0 after one. Taking advantage of getting runners on base set the tempo for Fife's club. “It's very important,” Fife said. “We executed bunting, which is something I was very proud of ...
 
Columbia Daily Tribune
Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:13:14 -0700

Missouri's Taylor Gadbois (9) taps the ball into the ground during a March game against Illinois State at University Field. Gadbois, who switched from a right-handed batter to a lefty slap-hitter in order to take advantage of her exceptional speed, has ...

Oklahoma State Athletics

Oklahoma State Athletics
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:37:30 -0700

Shianne Hughes followed with a slap-bunt single that she just beat out, giving OSU one last opportunity to plate a run. However, the attempt was thwarted as Gessenia DeLaCruz battled but eventually popped up to the shortstop, and pinch hitter Madison ...
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