In today’s video blog post, I wanted to show you a great segment about Situational Bunting, and the technique for a successful base hit bunt to the third base side.
Situational Bunting: Base Hit Bunt to the Third Base Side
The purpose of this bunt is to hit the ball to a location where the third baseman cannot charge quickly enough and/or at the proper angle and then throw the man out at first.
Characteristics of the Bunt
The base hit bunt must be 20-30 feet out from the plate, within 2-3 feet of the line or foul.
Breaking Down the Bunt
- Body mechanics focus on flexion in the knees as well as great eye barrel vision
- The bunter will square when the pitcher lifts his hand and breaks them
- Bunt the ball right on the line or foul
- Work angles to ensure you don’t waste an at bat or waste a bunt
- This bunt must get off the clay and stay right on the line
- You don’t want to give this bunt away too early, and you don’t use any false steps. If you do, the third baseman can get a running start and make the play.
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