How to Curl a Down Screen in Basketball

How to Curl a Down Screen in Basketball


The down screen is pretty common in basketball, and good offensive teams will use one almost every time down the floor. When the cutter sets his defender up to come off the down screen, they first need to determine how their man is guarding them and what cut they should use. There are several different types of cuts that could be used, and they are all basketball fundamentals that should be learned by any shooter or player that is going to move without the basketball.

This basketball training video will teach how to curl off of a down screen by showing you how to set up your defender, the proper footwork for the cut, and then completing the move. The video is instructed by an expert basketball coach, and the move is demonstrated by a high-level basketball player.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: How to Curl a Down Screen in Basketball

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, a chair, a basket, and a partner.


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Goals of the Drill


Coaching Points

  • Change your speed up on the cut.
  • Visualize the defender guarding you.
  • Stay in your shot and focus on the right form every time.
  • Practice checking your inside shoulder every time to get in the habit of reading your defender in a game.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  1. Set your man up under the basket, slow to fast.
  2. As you come to the chair, curl tight around the chair, show your hands, and dip your inside shoulder.
  3. Catch the ball, step into your shot 1-2 (the inside-foot steps first), and get your body squared up.
  4. Jump straight up and down, shoot the ball, and hold your follow-through.


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