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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 Boston Globe
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:56:15 -0700

In a single at-bat, Smith can relay signals for Mathieu to bunt, hit, slap bunt or slap hit. The variety not only equips her with more means to reach base safely, but also prevents defenders from moving in or out, according to tendencies. Slapping in ...

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Your Houston News
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:03:15 -0700

Yvonne Whaley opened the game with a slap bunt double past third base and reached third one batter later. But when Taylor Pleasants flied out to center field, the umpires ruled Whaley left the bag too early as she attempted to tag up. Had she not been ...

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Fort Worth Star Telegram
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:26:15 -0700

But when it's time to play ball, Desario is all business. At the plate, Desario said she can surprise people with her ability to either lay down a soft slap, bunt, swing away or power slap the ball to get on base. That ability to get on base is helping ...
Lancaster Bee
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:11:15 -0700

Madison Pepke of Lancaster makes contact on a slap bunt in Friday's game against Frontier. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The 2016 Lancaster softball season is off to an encouraging start. The Legends have started 6-2 ...

The Sun Herald

The Sun Herald
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:37:30 -0700

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Elkin Jonesville Tribune

Elkin Jonesville Tribune
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:41:02 -0700

With two runners on base and the winning run on first, senior Nicole Collins stepped up to the plate and threw down a perfect slap-bunt to load the bases and bring Elkin one step closer to winning. With one out and the bases loaded, Reagan Parks saw ...

Titusville Herald

Titusville Herald
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:22:50 -0700

Brooke Carey, Maplewood's leadoff batter, started the battle off with a nicely placed slap bunt, and after confusing the Knights, landed on third base. Carey would score on Hadley Barker's deep hit to the outfield, and the Tigers put a runner on every ...

Effingham Daily News

Effingham Daily News
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 19:37:30 -0700

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