Stand throw-Spin In the stand throw for the spin shot, the thrower gets into the power position with a narrow base; usually the feet are within the front half of the circle. The shot-putter focuses on turning then lifting with the feet, which is the opposite of the glide technique.  Slow full throws The athlete executes the full technique but a slower pace focusing on body positions, usually with lighter implements.


Step-out Without a wind the thrower steps out with the right leg, tapping it on the ground at the 3 o’clock position.  The left side should point at 3 o’clock with the shoulders level, the left leg will support most of the body weight (90%+). The wind from the full throw can added after the drill is mastered. Turn to the middle The athlete executes the first half of the throw, but the left leg remains in the back of the circle. The shoulders and left arm face the center of the sector (12 o’clock) and the right foot lands at 9 o’clock near the middle of the circle. Step out, turn to the power position The thrower performs a step out, and then works on sprinting from the 3 o’clock position, landing in the power position. The drill should simulate the actual body position in the full throw, keeping very little weight on the right leg on the step out. Turn to the power position The athlete executes the initial throwing motion, landing in the power position. The emphasis is on balance and landing in a good throwing position with most of the body weight over the right leg.


Brief review The spin technique was first practiced in Europe in the 1950’s but did not receive much attention until the 1970’s. In 1975, Brian Oldfield threw a world best 75’0” and Aleksandr Baryshnikov of the Soviet Union won the bronze medal in the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976.


The glide seems better suited for tall, largely built athletes. The glide has more consistent results and is easier to execute. On the negative side, the glide has a limited force application and speed development across the ring. For example, a good technical glider thrower may add 10% from the standing throw to the glide where as a good technical spinner by add over 20% from a stand to the full throw. Athletes of all sizes and strength levels can use the spin. The greater and longer application of force and momentum produces further throws in the spin. The ball is constantly moving in the spin technique, setting up a more explosive finish. However, the rhythm of spin technique is a difficult to master especially for athletes with limited practice schedules. Also, the path of the shot is not as linear as the glide causing inconsistent release patterns.


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