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Some Tips – Moving from a Cutter to a Handler

There are a few things to keep in mind going from a cutter to a handler:

  1. As a handler, it’s important to throw leading throws to the cutters. As a cutter, you know what throws you like and what you don’t like – so keep that in the back of your mind as a handler…throw the throws that you would want to see as a cutter.
  2. Just like a cutter needing to move and keep their defender active, so too should a handler – both the handler with and without the disc.
    1. If you don’t have the disc, keep your defender away from the handler with the disc. Some handlers make the mistake of being too static which allows the defender to poach and take away a throw – don’t make that mistake as it will hurt your team.
    2. If you do have the disc, try to keep your defender on their toes so you will be able to get off the throw you want to – so fake and get them moving side to side. Use your head, shoulders, hips, legs, etc to keep them off balance and guessing. Also, you want to use fakes to signals to your cutters where you are looking and where you want to throw. Again, going back to being a cutter, you know when you’re cutting that you want to see a cue from the handler if they’re not going to throw to you. A head nod, a fake, a call out, whatever…so do that for your cutters as a handler.
  3. Watch videos and other games/players you respect. Watch handlers with a similar style to you (speed, throwing strength, size, etc..) and emulate what they do. I learned to be a good handler by watching good handlers. They give you something to look up to.

What do you find useful? Let me know if that helps or if you have any specific questions!

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