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Improve Your Shot Put by Mastering the “Simon Says” Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brian Forrester, the University of Akron Throws Coach, shows you a drill that takes all of the concepts and drills, and combines them to challenge the athlete. Coach Forrester explains that the more advanced the athlete, the more advanced the drill can be.

Simon Says

Setup: The athlete starts in the beginning position for the shot put in the ring. The coach tells the athlete a specific position or drill. The athlete listens to the coach, and quickly accomplishes the drill. This is a good drill to simulate the reaction time a thrower has in competition.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD The Big Throws System.  To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.

Increase Your Shot Put Throws with This Partner Drill!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, February 21, 2014

Nationally recognized throwing coach Larry Judge shows you two variations of a common shot training drill used to address the lack of flexibility in the torso. Coach Judge talks you through the drill and rational for performing the drill with coaching points and detailed instructions. 

Partner Glide Drill

Athletes complete the drill first using a bungee cord and then with a partner only. This drill can be used during any stage of the season and along with the many other drills included give the coach yet another tool in the box to help their athletes perform at higher levels than before.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “Curriculum Guide to the Shot Put.” Discover other great Shot Put videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!

A Medicine Ball Workout to Improve Your Shot Put Throws!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 24, 2014

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.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “Curriculum Guide to the Shot Put.” Discover other great Shot Put videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!

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!

Must Have Shot Put Techniques from a World Champion!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, August 27, 2012

Combine the agility and grace of a ballerina with the size and power of an NFL lineman and what do you get?  You get Three-time Olympic Shot Putter Reese Hoffa!  Hoffa and University of Georgia throws coach Don Babbitt are featured in this video.  This film does a great job in teaching both beginning and advanced shot putters proper technique and workouts for both glide and rotational shot putting from the basics to advanced levels of technique.

All shot puts begin with a proper technique with the grip and placement of the shot.  If this is wrong, nothing else will matter.  Coach Babbitt addresses the way to teach this art for both glide and rotational shot putters with the subtle difference between both placements on the neck, and drills to teach the proper release of the shot.  Coach Babbitt continues with a teaching progression for both beginning shot putters and drills for experienced athletes.


No matter how much strength an athlete has for the shot, if he or she cannot get into a proper position in the front of the ring for the throw, their strength is wasted to a great extent.  Footwork and balance across the ring count for much in the throw, and according to Coach Babbitt, most of the problem one see’s at the front of the ring at the end of the throw, actually started in the back of the ring before the throw.  For both gliders and rotational throwers he offers some drills to help that all important phase of moving across the ring.  This is an example of the “A” drill to teach proper footwork and balance, beginning with a standing throw.



The rotational shot often seems to be a mystery to many coaches, particularly if you have little experience with it.  But the simple fact is that like any other skill in sports, it is teachable!  Footwork and timing are the keys.  Coach Babbitt and Reese Hoffa demonstrate an intermediate drill called the 180 Half-Turn Throw.   With Reese Hoffa positioned halfway through the circle, Coach Babbitt gives you cues to teach the footwork and timing to teach the rotational shot finish.  This can be taught using a bar or broom handle first, then a medicine ball, and finally using the shot.


See an additional clip on the product page of  “World Class Shot Put.”  Check out more high quality Shot Put DVDs from our huge selection of Track & Field DVDs.


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