Summary by Terry
Original Article on Skyd Magazine
Overview: This article is all about getting free and gaining precious separation.
Usability: All Cutters. There is a cutting drill in the article.
- Immediacy & Commitment
Important to develop a habit of cutting hard even while fatigued as well as a DECISIVE “pattern” of cutting that drills into your muscle memory (i.e. when you don’t get the disc after making in-cuts, transition to a deep cut and vice versa) as this keeps the defence on their toes and prevents them from setting up their mark. Once this habit has been established, your body will begin to execute the moves even under fatigued conditions, allowing one to gain an advantage over their defender and get free to become a possible option for the handler.
- Envision the game around you
Once the habit has been drilled into the muscle memory, we can start to be more aware of the changes in play around us. Start to notice where are we cutting towards/clearing from, the handler’s movements and signals, movements of the disc via swings/dumps/strikes/passes, timing of cuts, relative position of defenders, etc. The most important visualization happens just before we change direction, where we instinctively respond to cues that guide our in-game decision-making processes. Practice recognizing and responding to these cues to make better decisions on WHERE to cut and HOW to cut to create optimum separation.
- Gain initiative over the defence
Important for cutters to learn how to string cuts together to create a series of threatening moves to which a defender MUST respond to repeatedly, dictating the game to their opponent who has no choice but to respond to each threat.