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Throw the Javelin with Proper Mechanics!

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

Debra Farwell, Washington State University associate head coach, runs through three grips that can be used to throw the javelin, as well as arm movement through the throwing motion. Teaching your athletes these techniques will help them get that extra boost needed to set a personal record.

Throwing Mechanics

Drill Summary: There are three main grips that a javelin thrower can use. The first grip is the Finnish grip, which is executed by placing the thumb and the middle finger on the top of the grip and wrapping the index finger around the side of the javelin. The second grip is the American grip, which is simply placing the thumb and index finger on the top of the grip. The third grip is the Fork grip, in which the thrower puts their index and middle fingers at the top of the grip.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Roll the wrist up to protect the elbow.
2) Tip of the javelin should be at eye level when beginning to throw.
3) The elbow should be higher than the shoulder on the follow through.
4) Don’t sidearm the javelin – it could lead to injuries.

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

New Hammer & Javelin DVDs!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, January 18, 2010

We have recently released two new track & field DVDs featuring Robert Weir, the current UK National Throws Coach.  Previously, Weir was the Head Men’s Track & Field Coach at Stanford University where he was known as one of the premier coaches in the United States. 

Progressions for Teaching the Hammer Throw
Progressions for Teaching the Javelin Throw


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