Bunting — hands split or together?
Looking for general feedback here, and perhaps to get some good dialog going on a cold day in Chicago. In another post I mentioned a debate going on regarding teaching player to bunt with their hands together and up the bat, or the hands separated with one at the knob and the other up the bat.
Which do you teach? And why? I’ve seen both used in fastpitch games, and each side has it supporters. Just curious as to what other people think.
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Posted on January 19, 2007, in Hitting. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
My son, who plays baseball, does better with his hands together. Unfortunately, his coach does not want him to bunt that way. My duaghter does about the same either way.
I prefer the hands up and together. I have been teaching this and have had good success. The girls seem to have better bat control with the hands together and up on the bat. On a side note, during a commentary last year during the WCWS Jessica Mendoza demonstrated this type of bunting. The question is how do you position their legs and stance for sac bunt?
Honestly, I am not a big fan of the sacrifice bunt. I’d much rather have my bunter trying to get on base than give up a free out. I’ve blogged about it before, but you only increase your chances of scoring by 2% by having a runner on second with one out over a runner on first with no outs. That’s not enough of an improvement for me to give up an out in most cases. Never say never. One thing I’m finding with hands together is there’s less of a tendency to punch at the ball by the hitter versus split hands. And even if they do punch a little, it isn’t hit as hard.