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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure that your first step into the wheel portion of the throw is quick and the full motion of the wheel is tight.
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.
We have recently added new DVDs to our World Class Track & Field Technique Series. This series has been labeled as the world’s preeminent Track & Field DVD Series as it features Olympic athletes and coaches! The DVDs are broken down by event to allow you to learn tips, techniques, and drills from the best in the world. Check out the DVDs below and start improving your performances!
World Class Sprints & Relays
World Class 110M Hurdles
World Class 300/400 Hurdles
World Class High Jump
World Class Long Jump
World Class Shot Put
World Class Discus Throw
World Class Javelin Throw
World Class Pole Vault