Baseball is a game of very few runs. This is why base runners are very important in every game. One of the easiest ways to get a runner on base is by bunting the baseball, but this requires a lot of skill, some natural ability, and knowing the correct way to bunt. The following instructions are a beginners guide on how to bunt a baseball correctly and get yourself on base to help your team win.
Before practicing bunting, a few things are needed. The most important thing is, of course, a baseball bat. Find one that is heavy enough to take the impact of a baseball, but not too heavy, it needs to be controlled easily. Next, a few baseballs will be needed as well as a machine to pitch them. If a pitching machine cannot be found, a good friend who can throw accurately can also be used. Praciting can be done anywhere, but it should be somewhere with enough room where the balls will not break anything, typically a baseball field is ideal. Batting gloves or any other type of accessory are optional.
Step 1: Stance
After getting the pitching machine set up or having the person pitching warm up their arm comes the first part of bunting, how to hold the bat and proper stance.
Start in your normal batting position. This is done as to not let the defense know you are going to bunt, making it harder for them to field your bunt and giving you a better chance of making it on base.
Step 2: Bend Knees
Step 3: Shift Weight Towards the Plate
Note: Do not over do it and have too much weight shifted that you cannot contact the ball, remember that you need to hit the ball before you can run.
Step 4: Holding the Bat
Holding a baseball bat while bunting is completely different from a regular swing. After getting in the correct stance, holding the baseball bat is the next important part of bunting.
Step 5: Grip the Bat With the Left Hand
Step 6: Place the Right Hand Behind the Bat
Warning: Do not wrap the right hand too far around the bat, so as not to get your fingers hit by the baseball.
Step 7: Catch the Ball With the Bat
Step 8: Placing the Ball
Step 9: Run!
Step 10: Conclusion
Even the best bunters do not always beat out their bunts, but the best ones make it on base more times than not, making them a very large threat to other teams. With some practice, maybe one day you could be one of those threats.