Buttonhook cut… the first cut you ever learn. Run deep, plant, come back underneath. Couldn’t be any simpler, right? Well, I suppose like all skills, there are finer points that are not necessarily intuitive. One technical flaw I’ve not only noticed players making but have even heard people teaching (so much bad teaching in ultimate!) is planting with the improper foot angle.
I’m not gonna get into all the finer points of cutting, just the deceleration/break. Imagine on a buttonhook cut, you are initially running deep. As you decelerate into your break, those steps should be with your foot angled perpendicular to the direction you’re running… NOT facing forward. If you look at the stud pattern of your cleats, you’ll notice the studs are concentrated along the side edges. That’s because when you cut you should be cutting off the side of your foot. Planting with your foot angled sideways will not only allow you to break faster but accelerate faster in the opposite direction as your first step will only involve opening your hips up 90 degrees rather than 180.