Hitting a Cut

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Part II

If you can hit a golf ball straight, I m very jealous. Throughout my golf career, I have changed my swing a couple times. As a beginner, I hit a pretty severe cut, as many golfers do. But as I continued to practice and improve, I was able to adjust my swing to hit a draw. However, in the past month, I have started to hit cuts again. While many golfers prefer draws to cuts, it really depends on the golfer which is better for you. In this blog, I will outline how to hit a cut.

Disclaimer: As a right handed golfer, all of my advise will be for right handed golfers. Left handed golfers will need to flip things around.

Before getting into my advise, I want to address two common misconceptions in golf. First, cuts are not bad. While cuts do lose a little distance in the roll, it is generally better to have less roll when approaching a green. This will help you stop a ball quicker on the green, rather than roll through. The second common misconception for people trying to change their cut into a draw; the hands do very little.

I have seen it many times in average golfers; rather than adjust their swing for their hook, they close the club face on approach. However, the position of the hands does not affect ball path!

THE POSITION OF YOUR HANDS AFFECT THE LINE THE BALL COMES OFF THE CLUB FACE, NOT THE SPIN ON THE BALL!

Now, to the cut. The curvature of the golf shot is affected only by the swing plane. The only “little victory” I can give you in terms of hitting a cut is to have an outside-in swing plane. In order to achieve this outside in swing plane, visual hitting the ball to the left. This will help you come across the ball a little more, resulting in a little left to right turn on the ball. However, it is very easy to come over the top to much, resulting in a massive slice. If you want to hit a cut, it is best to play around with your swing a little bit and find the right amount of “over the topness” for you. The second little tip I have for you golfers who want to hit a cut rather than a slice; slow down that swing. The harder you try to swing, the more you will torque and release your hips, leading to more body turn. This leads to an over the top swing, generally more so than you want. If you follow these two tips, you should be able to hit that beautiful left to right spinner.

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