How to Hit a Cut in Golf

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Cutting a golf ball means that a right-hander will be influencing the ball to go from the right to the left. Discover how to pull the left arm longer than usual to cut a golf ball with help from a Class A member of the PGA of America in this free video on hitting a cut in golf.

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Hi, this is Kevin Battersby with battersbygolf.com in Coconut Creek, Florida. In this clip I'm going to show you how to hit a cut in golf. When we use the term cut we're implying for a right handed golfer, a left to right spin; for a left handed golfer, a right to left spin. So if Nicholson is cutting the ball, he's going from right to left; if any other player, Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus are cutting the ball is left to right. Over the years, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Mark Calcevecchia all hit great cuts shots and one of the the secrets to hitting a good cut shot is having a good strong and fast left arm because as the club enters the impact here if it were a cut shot, the left arm has to be pulling a little bit longer than normal to lift the face behind my hands which imparts left to right spin on the golf shot. As I hit the shot the face is behind my hands and leaving the face slightly open. If the head space is well behind my hands it will be a larger cut shot. So you've got to try to be able to sense that timing in your golf shots when the head arrives; if it arrives at the same time with my hands it's going to go straight. So all the cutters never let the club pass their hands or catch up or release; these are all terms you would hear; but they're all implying that the face of the club is imparting a left to right spin and the handle is always slightly in front when that's done. Once the handle slows down, the head passes my hands you have no longer a cut shot; you've got the dreaded hook. Also when hitting your cut shot a couple of things are also important. You want to play the ball slightly more forward in your stance. You don't see any good cutters in the golf ball with ball back in their stance. That's be very reserve for the guys that are hooking the ball and then you will probably want to get on the right side of the golf tee for a right handed golfer which opens you up to hitting more than a left and possibly opens up your stance; pulling my left foot back to my right; setting up again a good atmosphere for the club to come down the line and then back to the inside leaving the face slightly open to move the ball left to right for a cut shot. This has been Kevin Battersby showing you how to hit a cut shot.

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