Larry Judge has coached some of the most elite track & field athletes in the world. Here he shows you the Arm Strike drill series that addresses a neglected area of shot put instruction, the arm strike. Coach Judge shows you several med ball drills to teach the arm strike movement used in the shot put.
Arm Strike Drills
The only equipment required is a med ball that is weighted appropriate to the age and skill development of the athlete.
Drill 1: The push drill is a modification of the two-hand pass drill used by most basketball coaches. The difference is that the athlete pushes the ball with the thumb down, elbow out action of the arm strike. The drill is shown as a partner drill but could also be done against a wall or fence.
Drill 2: The athlete then progresses to a prone position on a bench in the drop drill. In this drill the med ball is dropped to the athlete who catches, recoils slightly and then throws the med ball vertically for their partner to catch.
Drill 3: The final drill in this sequence is the med ball wall strike. The athlete stands facing a wall or fence and using one hand, throws the med ball into the wall simulating the arm strike. All of these drills are done with little equipment, in quick progression and allow the athlete to feel the correct technique for the arm strike mechanics of the shot put.