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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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Muscatine Journal
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:30:26 -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 ...
 
Natchez Democrat
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:16:14 -0700

Down 4-0, Beard's single, followed by Sloane Young's slap bunt single, an RBI single by Kailey Hutchins and an error loaded the bases for the Saints. After Michaela Hutchins grounded into an RBI fielder's choice, Kaitlyn Lees ripped a 2-RBI double to ...
 
Richmond Review
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:22:30 -0700

“(Coach Joni Frei) said I could slap bunt from the left side to get on base. And if runners were on base I had to hit from the right side to move them over or hit them in,” explained Annie. In addition to the U16 girls' softball team's gold, Team B.C ...
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