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Learn to Throw the Discus with Correct Posture and Alignment!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Want to get the most out of every throw without putting too much stress on the body? Check out this posture and alignment drill from University of Nebraska throws coach Carrie Lane that will teach your discus throwers correct form.

Posture & Alignment Drill

Drill Summary: For this drill, athletes need a pole and a line to stand on. To begin, the athlete puts the pole on (and parallel to) their shoulders. Next, they set up in the stand throw position with their back foot on the line and their lead foot just off it. When taking their initial position, it is important for the athlete to line the pole up exactly perpendicular to the line on the ground. The next step is to rotate the lower body while keeping the pole in the same position. Coach Lane teaches her throwers “Tony Hip”, or toe-knee-hip. If the thrower moves their body in that order, they’ll execute better throws. The last step of the drill is to rotate the body to the target and finish with the pole over the athlete’s head.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Rotate the right foot on the initial movement.
2) “Tony Hip”
3) Keep the pole perpendicular to the line on the ground.
4) Finish with good balance.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Becoming a Champion: Discus for Girls’ Track & Field.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Improve Your Full Discus Throw with the “Reverse” and “Dynamic Reverse!”

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015

Nationally recognized throwing coach Larry Judge has an athlete demonstrate the full throwing movement with the reverse at the end of the throw where the rear foot swings through to the front. Coach Judge then shows you the “Dynamic Reverse” where the athlete reverses the legs and feet and continues on a spin to maintain balance and stay within the circle.

Full Throw with Reverse and Dynamic Reverse

Coach Judge emphasizes that the athlete always stay in the ring during practice.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide to the Discus.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Learn How to Generate Maximum Torque for Longer Discus Throws!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nationally recognized throwing coach Larry Judge explains blocking mechanics for the discus. This drill will help you generate maximum torque to the throwing arm for longer throws!

Blocking Mechanics

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide to the Discus.” View other world class Track videos!




Get Better at Your Discus and Shot Put Throws!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, December 20, 2013

With over 35 years of throws coaching experience, Bill Godina, knows how to perfect your throwers rotational shot put. See demonstration of the ‘South African Drill’ to learn the factors of great wheel technique and generating power forward into the throw.

South African Drill

Make sure that your first step into the wheel portion of the throw is quick and the full motion of the wheel is tight.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Throws.” Discover other great Discus and Shot Put videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!




Maximize Distance with Effective Discus Training!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, May 24, 2013

One of the hardest tasks of any coach is teaching the beginning discus thrower the proper technique. In this video, Texas A&M Assistant Coach, Juan De La Garza, provides you with insight on an important part of discus throwing, including positioning footwork and the body for maximum effect.   De Le Garza shows you how to perform the windup correctly before the release.

Here Coach De La Garza emphasizes that the base of the wind is on proper positioning of the foot.  While the right foot remains stable as a base, the left foot acts as your pivot.  Your athlete should be on the ball of the foot.  Emphasis is placed on the heel being lifted, but not high off the ground.  It remains low.  The knee should be advanced out in front of the toe, and the athlete should feel pressure on their thigh.  The upper body winds to a point where there is elastic tension, in other words, where it will naturally want to unwind…this will help provide the energy for the throw.

Check out this world class DVD, Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Discus, to view another excellent instructional clip.  See what other Discus DVDs we have in our expansive Track & Field DVD collection.




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