Sharp Angles by Brummie

Gaining separation from a defender is most easily done through a sudden change of direction using sharp angles, and the more acute the change of direction, the more difficult it is for a defender to recover.

The sharper the change of direction, the harder it is for the defender to react. This type of cut is often referred to as a “V Cut” because of the shape that a cutter’s path takes. Drill this: For optimal […]

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  • Leslie Wu says:

    Physically two variables are: 1) what’s the change in velocity / movement vector. 2) what’s the change in angle. In the acute case above the velocity / movement vector changes more, but actually in the obtuse case the defender has to turn more. Generally though change in direction with greater change in velocity is harder than rotational change.

    Also rise up season 7 cutting episode on commitment, shoulder, and smart cuts.

  • Brummie says:

    Hi Leslie

    1) The defender would only need to turn more if facing the offence (i.e. D2 is facing B). Moreover, much of this is negated if D2 is able to hold a good position on the inside lane; even having to turn further isn’t a negative.

    2) Change in direction is harder at a higher speed: absolutely. The idea is that if you’re running hard and being chased (hard) and you’re able to quickly turn, your defender might go straight past you, opening up a cutting lane.

    I do agree that change of velocity (speed as well as angle) is important; the lesson here was really against “banana cutting”.

    Thanks for the input; good shout on Rise Up too.

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