The sacrifice bunt is primarily used to advance base runners, but can possibly score or at least get into scoring position. A touch of sacrifice is not a surprise and should be shown early. Showing the bunt early will generally bring first and third basemen closer to home plate. With no one supporting the base runners, they can now take a slightly bigger advantage. Now when the bunt is placed and a play is made that takes the batter out, the runner (s) can advance or even score if he is at third. If the fielders can’t make a play or keep the base runners, this is also an advantage for you because you now have at least two base runners.
The drag bunt is slightly different, as you’re trying to fool the defense into bunting for a base hit. A drag bunt, unlike a sacrifice, should surprise the defense, so you don’t want to show the bunt too early. Instead, you want to wait until the last possible moment. This keeps first and third base players further away from home plate, giving them more ground to cover to make a play. If there are no base runners on base, it is best to touch the third base line because this is the most difficult play for the defense. However, if there is a runner on third base, touching the ball on the first base line is optimal to make the defense make the decision to kick out early or keep the runner on third by allowing the batter a bunt for a base hit. .
Bunting is a great offensive tool for moving runners, scoring runs, and you can win a game! Bunting puts team goals first, but you can play for base shots increasing your personal versatility at the plate. Every ball player needs to know how to play. Here are some tips to help you learn to play properly and effectively.
Tip No. # 1: visualize the touch! All great players envision success before it happens. See yourself releasing the bunt before entering the batter’s box. Having your mind in the right mindset will always give you an advantage.
Tip No. 2: Move to the front of the batter’s cage. You want the head / barrel of the bat to be in front of home plate. This is in case the ball goes straight down, you will still have a clean ball and a hard play for the defense to make.
Tip # 3: Hold the bat correctly. Hold bat / barrel head up and out in front of home plate. Hold the handle of the bat slightly lower than the head / barrel. This will help make sure you are on top of the ball and pushing it down. You don’t want to get under the ball and get it out to get out. Your hands should be spread apart for better control. Your lower hand should be firmly around the knob of the bat and your upper hand (bat between thumb and index finger) just below the head / barrel of the bat.
Tip # 4: Use your body / legs when adjusting the level of the bat (up and down) to make contact with the ball. Don’t use your hands! Using your hands is likely to cause an appearance.
Tip # 5: Bunt just hit. Take the bat out of the strike zone on bad pitches, hitting a bad pitch will likely result in a jump, foul, or being struck on misses.
Tip # 6: Catch the ball with your bat. Don’t try to push the bat toward the ball.