Glide Shot Put Technique

Glide Shot Put Coaching Points

Back of the Circle

Unseat the hips first
Extend the left leg low to the toeboard
Drive off the right heel
The upper body is passive; the shot stays down and back

Power Position

The right foot lands at 100 to140 degrees on the ball of the foot
Left leg plants straight to brace during the blocking action
Keep the shot behind the right leg
Left arm stays long and loose


Lift with the legs from the middle into the finish
Keep the shot moving upward in a straight line
Push the shot up and out with a high right elbow
Left arm opens then pulls in to meet the chest to block
Reverse with the right foot flat and parallel to the toeboard

Glide Shot Put Training Tips
Develop glide technique with drills and easy throws
Improve release mechanics with stand throws
Break the throw up into parts with and without releases
Train heavy and light implements (within 10% of competition weight)
Focus on technique at practice
Stay in the ring during practice

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