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In this weeks tip on softball drag bunting, I cover a couple of important points for teaching your players how to drag bunt properly.

While there are some other areas that are important as well, today’s video focuses on the upper body and the back foot.

Watch the video below to see these parts of softball drag bunting in action, and then continue reading below the video for some additional content.

As you could see in the video, a couple of important things need to happen to help your players put down a good drag bunt:

  1. The back foot should drop back.
  2. The upper body should lean forward at the same time.

As you teach your players softball drag bunting, you may notice a couple of “issues” that you will want to try and correct. First, many players will have a hard time dropping the foot back.

Instead, they will try to pivot on the back foot. The downside of this is that they will not be able to get out of the batters box as quickly.

Another “issue” you may see is that if they pivot, they will square their upper body around completely.  I don’t cover this in the video, but players should pull the knob down towards their front hip…which will result in them keeping their shoulders somewhat “closed.”

When players have been taught the traditional sacrifice bunt their whole life, they often will have a tendency to square around completely.

So why teach softball drag bunting? There are a few great reasons:

  1. First, it puts more pressure on the defense.
  2. Second, it increases the chance of getting a base hit or forcing an error.
  3. Third, some players will begin to prefer this method over the sacrifice bunt, which only helps your offense.

In fact, one of the Lessons Learned From the WCWS in 2015 was that the drag bunt can be a big factor even at the highest levels of the game.

Now go check out the Bunting Lanes Drill post for a drill to work on this part of the game with your team this year!


(By Tim Covey, Founder of Covey Sports)

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