Watch what is happening in front of you. If someone else is cutting, don’t cut. Look behind you. If someone else is cutting, don’t cut. If the coast is clear, go for it.

Of course, if everyone does this and sees that no one is cutting, they will all cut at once. If you think you have the best opportunity, keep going. If a teammate has a better cut, pull out.

Avoid the herd instinct. Cutting is like buying stocks: if you can figure out what will happen next before anyone else does, you’ve got it made.

Watch what is happening. If you see someone else cut, evaluate their chances of getting the disc. If you think they won’t get it, stay put and wait for them to clear out.

If you think they will get the disc, cut to where they will want to throw. Time the cut so you are open after they have caught the disc and are ready to throw. If you can predict the future, no one, not your teammates, not the defence- no one -will get in your way.

Run at your defender, fake one way, then run the other way.

This will usually work if you do three things. First, fake hard. Take a hard step in the fake direction. Step like you are going to run so hard that way that the defender is going to look silly if they don’t catch up.

Second, turn hard. After you plant that foot on the fake, use all of your muscles to tear yourself in the opposite direction.

Third, run fast. Run as fast as you can in a straight line to a spot where the thrower can easily hit you. If you don’t get the disc, run as fast as you can to the back of the stack.

This works best if you fake to the break-force side then run to the open side.

Short Cut (Flash Illustration)
The animation below demonstrates the basic principles of the short cut, just mentioned above. This tends to be used most for handlers and in situations where there is less room to cut.

  1. 7 Responses to “Cutting”

  2. both the long cut and the berkley cut have non matching animations. the long cut shows the short cut and the berkley cut shows stack flow… Wasn’t sure that was right so I thought I’d let you know

    By joey on May 23, 2008

  3. thanks, it should be up there. Will post it up shortly.

    By andreliem on May 23, 2008

  4. Hey guys. My question is that would the defender know that he would make that cut. the force is backhand so the defender should always be able to be between the cutting player and the handler?

    By gregory on Jul 19, 2008

  5. Good question. I guess it depends on the experience of the defender. If it’s at least a semi-experienced player, you could probably assume that they would expect the attacker to make that cut.

    Still, the cut described makes the most sense in the situation above. Cutting the other way would mean the thrower would have to throw a break-force, which has a much higher chance of being blocked.

    Also, if the defender is too careless because they expect a certain type of cut, it can open up other options for the attacker. Consider the case where the defender expects the cut described above, and hangs back to block the latter part of it. As the attacker has taken such a hard step to start the fake, they’re in a good position to keep running in that direction if the defender lags behind.

    Then they can either continue on and get far enough around the thrower’s defender that thrower can throw them an easy break-force throw, or the attacker can cut in front of their defender and cut back across to the force side for an even easier throw.

    Hope that helps :)

    By Daniel on Mar 10, 2009

  6. it says “five good cuts to make” but there is only one up there, am I missing the others?

    By wood on Jul 2, 2009

  7. The title of the last section mentions five good cuts, but only the first one is shown here.

    By rusty on Apr 5, 2010

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