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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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Anniston Star

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:14:05 -0800

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:15:00 -0700

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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 ...


Fri, 04 Dec 2015 04:03:25 -0800

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News & Observer

News & Observer
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:21:35 -0800

North Johnston coach Chris Batten: “Olivia has speed that helps her offensively and defensively and that's something you can't teach. … But she's worked to improve herself in every area of the game, like learning to slap (bunt) from the left side ...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 20:56:15 -0700

“His natural instincts and his savvy speak to him,” Sofield said. “He's got a savvy that says here's what I need to do right now in order to be successful. That slap bunt, that Ichiro, lives in there. It works. It can work. Not everybody can do it ...

Southeast Missourian

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:14:16 -0700

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Savannah Morning News

Savannah Morning News
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:33:45 -0700

“Cason is more comfortable at the plate and she is able to slap, bunt or hit and use her speed in the leadoff spot. She reads whatever the shortstop is doing and will take whatever the defense gives her.” Cason said she enjoys having her dad as her ...

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