Grip and Neck Position for the Shot Put

Teaching the shot put can be difficult. Grip, position on the neck and proper release are all important. You have to teach the block, the arm strike and how to get into the power position. In addition, you will have to teach either the fundamentals of the Rotational or Glide Technique.

In the video clip below nationally recognized throwing coach Larry Judge, demonstrates how to teach the proper grip and neck position. The clip is from a comprehensive DVD that contains 20 separate lessons that cover every aspect of teaching and coaching the shot put. For more information about the DVD that this clip came from click the link Curriculum Guide to the Shot Put

The YouTube video has sound, so please make sure that your sound is turned on and that you have access to the site. (Some schools block access to YouTube)

When gripping the implement the athlete should rest the shot on the base of the middle three fingers. It should not be in the palm of the hand or on the finger tips. It will be released with the middle three fingers. The thumb and little finger are utilized for control.

The placement on the neck should first and foremost be determined by the athletes comfort level. THe athlete must use a placement that is comfortable to them. Their comfort level is usually determined by the flexibility of the triceps, forearm and wrist. Generally speaking athletes that use the Glide technique usually place the implement at a lower position under the chin. Those that use the Rotational technique usually place the implement higher on the neck closer to the ear.

Either way the shot must start on the neck. The forearm should be pointing towards the sector and not resting n the clavicle. As the throw begins, the shot it will come off the neck and rest above the deltoid.

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