Assistant Softball Coach University of Tennessee at Chatanooga
The Sacrifice Bunt and Slap Hitting are the focus of this softball skills series. Understanding when to use each type of hit and the proper technique for executing them, make the sacrifice bunt and slap hitting valuable parts of your team's success. This series takes us through the mechanics of both types of hits and discusses what a batter's goal is with each.
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The sacrifice bunt is just that - a scrifice. The bunter must understand that she is "out" and that the intention is NOT to get on base. In this softball segment, Coach discusses the fundamentals of the sacrifice bunt and demonstrates the proper technique for hitting a sacrifice bunt and keeping the ball fair.
The "slapper" starts further back in the box with a crossover step to the front while connecting with the softball. The object of slap hitting is to wear out the hole between the short stop and third baseman. In this segment the proper technique for slap hitting is demonstrated.
First using a tee drill, players work on slap hitting. The tee allows players to isolate the contact position and work on follow-through. The Front Toss Drill continues slap hitting work, but adds footwork to the practice session.
Jack Byerley covers the methods he uses to develop hitters that crush the ball and score runs.
Coach Annie Smith, Associate Head Softball Coach at Mississippi State University, present this softball clinic series on hitting.
Techniques for hand-eye coordination.