How to Hit a Cut Shot in Golf

By Steve Silverman

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As a golfer gets more experienced and learns more about the game, he wants to add versatility to his his game plan. Sometimes it is not enough to hit the ball long and straight down the middle. A golfer will undoubtedly encounter an obstacle like a tree or bush directly in his line of fire. In these cases the golfer must know how to hit the ball high in the air in order to avoid these obstacles. At these times, it is great to know how to hit a cut shot.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Evaluate your position on the course. Ideally, you can take a smooth and slow swing and direct your ball to the fairway or the green. However, you have an obstacle in your was such as a large bush or a tree, you must hit the ball much higher than normal to avoid this impediment.
  2. Open your stance to hit a cut shot. Square your shoulder to the target and you will look down and see that your left foot is directly underneath your left shoulder. Now move that left foot about 5 to 7 inches to your left.
  3. Check your grip. You do not want to open the club face and point it to the right. This is the natural inclination when one open his stance. Check your grip to make sure your thumbs are aligned and that you see the letter "V" when you look a the lines between your forefinger and your thumb.
  4. Make sure you cock your wrists fully in your backswing. Your hands will follow your hips. When you reach the apex of your backswing, your right wrist should be fully bent and the club should be at a 90-degree angle to your forearms.
  5. Come down hard on the ball and keep your head down in the process. By hitting down on the ball, it will jump up much higher than normal and should get over most impediments. However, if you pick up your head to see the results of the shot too quickly, you will most likely hit the ball poorly. Keep your eye on the back of the golf ball until you have reached waist-level on your follow through.

Tips & Warnings

  • Come down just a bit harder than normal. You don't have to try to kill the ball, but you want to strike the ball with a downward action and then follow through after contact.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.