How to Bunt Like You Mean It!
Advance a runner, score a run, or catch the defense napping
by Richard Todd, Head Coach, WebBall Baseball, as published on WePlay.com
Although some youth coaches hate bunting, a good bunt can be a great hitter's skill.
But you've got to know what you're doing, and build up your confidence. That takes practice.
Review the steps and try stop-action (Tai Chi) and slow-motion techniques - for the learning process only.
Start in normal batting stance.
- Balanced on inside balls of feet.
- Bat up.
- Hands shoulder height, arms relaxed.
- Same position to plate.(Don't crowd in; don't move up - you'll give it away.)
- Turn back foot in, bring back knee forward.
- This opens hips, brings belly button to pitcher.
- Open front shoulder early.
- Bottom hand pulls bat forward.
- Hold top hand back so it slides up the barrel as you rotate.
- Angle of the bat should remain upwards.
- Keep the bat head above the pitch.
- Crouch down, on a soft front knee.(Do not kneel down, just be low and flexible)
- Get your eyes level and even with the bat head.
Catch the Pitch
- Extend your top hand forward.
- Keep your fingertips behind the barrel.
- Catch the pitch with the barrel of the bat - cushion the contact to deaden the ball.
- Control direction of the bunt with the bottom hand (on the knob of the bat.
- Bring bottom hand toward body to go to third.
- Away from body to go towards first.
Bust out of the box hard
- Even on a sacrifice, run hard.
- The more pressure you put on them, the more likely they'll rush the play and make an error.