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What's the difference between a cut shot and a slice?


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#1 dlam

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:16 AM

Cut and slice spins the same direction.  Other than that what's the difference.  Or is there a difference?


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:17 AM

good question, always wondered the same myself. In for replies.

Far as I can tell on TV, it's a cut if a pro does it, a slice if I do it. :D

Edited by drudixon, 13 November 2013 - 10:17 AM.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:21 AM

I have always thought of it as one is intentional the other due to improper mechanics.

When I want to cut a ball, it would still be hit from an inside/square path and not due to OTT.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:23 AM

about 40 yards.

Edit: Kidding, kind of. I think a cut is more intentional. Other than that I'd just say its potato po-tah-to.

Edited by ksuchris2000, 13 November 2013 - 10:24 AM.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:27 AM

View PostJarri, on 13 November 2013 - 10:21 AM, said:

I have always thought of it as one is intentional the other due to improper mechanics.

When I want to cut a ball, it would still be hit from an inside/square path and not due to OTT.

I agree. Better players can "cut" the ball with regularity and control, and can even hit a variety of cut shots (5 yard cut, 10 yard cut, low cut, high cut, etc).

The slice is generally regarded as the result of a poor, over-the-top swing. Slices are usually very weak shots that are uncontrollable and lack the same power and distance a cut shot may have.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:31 AM

Power fade maybe something in the middle of those two.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:10 AM

Exactly what the names implies. I want a little cut to hit the green with some bite on my 4 iron. I don't want the whole slice that eats up distance and lands me in the bunker short and right.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 01:34 PM

If you have your name on your bag and it was given to you for free, it's a cut.

Otherwise, it's a slice.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:14 PM

View Postdlam, on 13 November 2013 - 10:16 AM, said:

Cut and slice spins the same direction.  Other than that what's the difference.  Or is there a difference?

A lot of yards and a fairway or two.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:49 PM

My Urban Golf Slang Dictionary:

Cut> baby cut aka butter> cut  term used by most players that can turn the ball into a fade direction in a controlled manner. Typically a small deviation offline. Typically the ball flight stays straight and trails to a fade towards the end.

Power Fade> Usually reserved for tee shots, uses a low piercing ball flight to "work" the ball in the fade direction. Works great for doglegs. Must land in the fairway to be considered a true Power Fade, otherwise no street cred will be given. Ball flight can start off in opposite direction before fading in.

Slice> an uncontrolled shot in the fade direction. Where it lands who the hell knows. If you play a slice most of the time you need lessons.


ie Fade= direction of movement facing away from player. If swinging RH the ball will be moving to the right.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:08 PM

A 'cut' and a 'draw' are like your favorite cousins. Whereas a 'slice' and a 'hook' are their evil twins.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:33 PM

When I started I used this simple rule:
If I can find the ball: cut
If I can't: slice

The good news back then I had a one way miss.....

View Postksuchris2000, on 13 November 2013 - 10:23 AM, said:

about 40 yards.

Edit: Kidding, kind of. I think a cut is more intentional. Other than that I'd just say its potato po-tah-to.


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:37 PM

I always thought that a cut would start a bit left and fall back down near your toe line(which pretty much makes it a straight shot if you traced it from the tee to where the ball finishes). Maybe just a bit left or right of your toe line. A slice starts left or right and fades way past your toe line. At least that's the way that I look at it.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:40 PM

What I mean by starting left is that you are a bit open at address. So you are aiming at the left side of the fairway (which I guess is straight at your start line) and letting the ball fall back to the right. Not aiming straight down the fairway and hitting a pull fade.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:43 PM

I have officially just confused the hell out of myself. :crazy:


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Posted 13 November 2013 - 10:56 PM

My take on it, is to go back to the olde worlde terms fade and slice - back when noone talked about a power fade or d-plane  ;-)

both have the same slice spin ( or spin axis.....oh, yes) BUT the fade is hit from the 'correct' and more powerful inside approach of the clubhead to the ball ( with the clubhead face just slightly open to that path), so would be a result of a 'good' swing.... whereas a slice was a weak arse slap at the ball from the outside in ( again with the clubhead open to that path, but more so and without proper lag/ power), generally produced by me when i started golf and indeed by almost all hackers.

Mind you, i think at one point i'd got my swing so inside out, every so often my usual hideous hook might throw in a mahoosive inside out slice/push slice when my flip failed me, hah.... oh, the horror.

Edited by coops, 13 November 2013 - 11:09 PM.





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