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[edit] Basics

A cut is an attempt by an offensive player to become open so as to receive a pass from another player. Typically cuts involve a fast erratic movement to hinder the efforts of a defensive player. Effective cutting is largely a factor of good timing and being faster than your mark. Also note that it is easier to change direction when your centre of gravity is low, so when changing direction it can be helpful to stay low.

[edit] Standard cuts

[edit] How to create space, get open and win your match-up

[edit] Always be a threat

  • Your defender must constantly believe that you are a threat to cut
  • This keeps your defender’s focus on you and minimizes poaching

[edit] Make your defender move

  • In order to gain a cutting advantage, you must force your defender to turn their hips or shoulders. This pushes their body momentum in one direction and allows you to cut in another
  • A common error, especially among handler cutters is: Cutting to where the defender is, then changing direction. You must cut past where the defender is, then, forcing them to move, then change direction

[edit] “Push” your defender

  • Inch your way towards your defender “pushing them” in the opposite direction from where you want to cut

[edit] Sell your cuts

  • Make each cut believable. If you’re running an “out and back” cut, the only way your cut back underneath will be open is if your defender believes that you are striking.
  • One common error is that players often run their “fake” cut with their head down, which gives away the fake

[edit] Engage, ¾ speed fake (selectively)

  • It’s easier to change direction from ¾ speed than top speed. Sometimes you gain a “change of direction” advantage on our defender by cutting one way at ¾ speed, then quickly changing direction and cutting full speed the other way

[edit] “Surprise” cut

usually occurs on a turnover/change of possession while the disc is walked up

  • Determine thrower’s pace to check-in
  • Determine where you want to cut, then walk/jog as if you’re just getting out of the way
  • Cut hard towards your intended location

[edit] Cut when your defender’s eyes/head turn

occurs most often while in the dump position or on strike cutbacks

  • Dump position: Dump defenders will often allow their gaze to stray off you and focus on the thrower or downfield cutters. Cut as soon as their gaze strays
  • Strike cutbacks: While pursuing a strike cutter, lane defenders will often look back to see if the disc has been thrown. Cutback as soon as the defender looks for the disc
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