Javelin Selection

Javelin Selection

Javelin Stiffness

Javelins have stiffness ratings or distance ratings based on the material's flexibility. All javelins are flexible; some javelins are more flexible than others. The amplitude and frequency of the oscillations depend on the material of the javelin, the technical movements during the final phases of the throw, and the force at release.

Javelins constructed of softer materials are more flexible, bending and warping more, allowing beginners to fly the implement more effectively. Softer javelins have higher flex ratings and lower distance ratings. Novice javelin throwers should use javelins that are more flexible that allow for more technical inconsistencies.

Stiffer javelins only bend slightly under extreme force; they can fly further than more flexible javelins but are more challenging to fly correctly. Less flexible javelins with minimal vibration are used as top-level throwers but are less giving.

If the thrower doesn't execute the release precisely, the javelin will not fly properly and could lead to injury because of the additional stress on the shoulder and elbow. Stiffer javelins have low flex ratings and higher distance ratings.

Throws Pro has a list of recommended javelins based distance, however, every thrower has a different style and the best javelin for each thrower varies.

Women 600g

Under 120’       

120' to 140'


Elite (160'+)

Men 800g

Under 140’       

140 to 180'


Elite (220'+)

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