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How to hit a cut?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Learned to hit a draw and fade. But when watching golf on tv, commentators often refer to 'a liitle cut'. Don't know what they mean and how to hit it.

post #2 of 13

They basically refer to it as a shot that moves from left to right.

 

There are two different ways to do this.

You can either hit a cut by opening your stance and opening the face a little at address a la Freddy Couples or you can set up with a square stance and cut across the ball with an out to in swing path a la Martin Kaymer.
 

post #3 of 13

or you can hit a knuckle fade.....but you better have a decent swing

..align your body to where you want the ball to start

..align the clubface between where you want the ball to start and the primary target, so the ball can land and run out to the primary target

..position the ball slightly forward

..and swing with an in to out swing

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by notsohard View Post

or you can hit a knuckle fade.....but you better have a decent swing
..align your body to where you want the ball to start
..align the clubface between where you want the ball to start and the primary target, so the ball can land and run out to the primary target
..position the ball slightly forward
..and swing with an in to out swing

That's a REAL good way to hit a pull hook...... a5_crying.gif
post #5 of 13

Depends on the fade, if i want to hit a low fade, i will play the ball back in my stance and cut across it. If i want to hit a high fade, i will play the ball way forward in my stance, like off the inside of my front foot for an iron, try to block the shot right, were i finish my hands higher, less around the body. I really like the 2nd option, i do that for drives i want to take about 20 yards off, and for irons that i want to land softly. 

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

So a cut is a fade? Why call it a cut? Or is there a difference?

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by MacDutch View Post

So a cut is a fade? Why call it a cut? Or is there a difference?

Right.

Called that because it results from the club face "cutting" across the ball to impart left to right (for a Righty) spin. The terms cut and fade are generally used pretty interchangeably to describe less, more controlled movement than that of a full blown slice. They are to a slice, what a draw is to a hook.....
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Ok, problem solved. I know how to play a cut now. Bit disappointed to learn it is a fade.  a2_wink.gif

 

I play it like LongballGer, not going to try notsohards tip.

post #9 of 13

Tom Watson refers to it as a "slice" in his Lessons of a Lifetime DVD.  He doesn't use draw either, but calls it a "hook".  They are all different terms for a shot that curves away from it's starting direction.  But as stated above technique can vary to create different height shots that curve in different directions and start out on different lines.

post #10 of 13

For me,

 

Fade = controlled

Slice = uncontrolled

 

That's is the difference, a fade will stay in your workable zone, while a slice will fly out of it. I know some people learn to play a slice, but it is unpredictable, i've seen many players play decent golf with a slice, i stand behind them, they aim the same amount ever teebox, and that ball would start at different angles, and slice different amounts, it was wild. 

post #11 of 13

Agree.  Also, fade means, "I meant to do it".  Slice is whoops!

post #12 of 13
Have face pointing left of the target at impact, with the path MORE left than that. Simple.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by MacDutch View Post

Learned to hit a draw and fade. But when watching golf on tv, commentators often refer to 'a liitle cut'. Don't know what they mean and how to hit it.

If you can hit a fade, you already know how to hit a cut...they are the same thing.
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