Choosing a shoulder by Mish Phillips


Start learning to force your cutter to go where you want, rather than the other way around

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A thrower, A, stands on the sideline marked by D1 who applies a trap mark. A reset, B, starts 5-10m away from the disc, perpendicular to the sideline, guarded by D2.


D1 > A > D2 > B

Step 1

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  • D2 positions themselves to protect the upline cut. D2 must declare publicly which way they are going to send B.
  • When ready, D1 checks the disc in, and B makes one cut straight up the line. D2's job is to ensure that they force B to cut towards the shoulder that they declared.

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  • Mish Phillips says:

    We no longer ‘react’ to our player. We are in control, and we choose where the offender can go.

    B is always cutting up the line. The objective is to force them to attack either your left or right shoulder, and get practiced and being able to dictate which shoulder they attack.

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