How To Throw A Shot Put
Throwing a shot requires a lot more than just physical strength, and you will need to develop your shot put technique in order to improve your overall ability in the discipline. As such, consider these basic tips if you want to improve your ability.
Make sure that you always warm up by stretching and jogging every time you go out to train. Your entire body will be required with a shot put and therefore you need to warm up not only your upper body, but also your lower body as well.
Place the shot towards the back of the neck and make sure that it lines up with your jaw line. Keep your elbow bent at all times and ensure that your right leg is bent at a 90 degree angle to the floor. The other leg should be straight out in front of you.
Make sure that when you thrust forward you keep your body low and that you always stay within the shot put circle. Use your legs to gain maximum thrust and to provide leveraged, and after you have thrown at your legs should be facing towards the back end of the shot put circle.
Pivot on your right foot and move towards the front of the circle. Your hips should always twist before your shoulders to create maximum thrust and power. Bring your shoulders round so that they are in line with your hips by using your unused arm for momentum- this section is called the glide.
Make sure that you extend your throwing arm as much as possible so that you release the shot at its farthest possible point. At the last moment before you release the shot, always make sure you flick your wrist for extra momentum.
Make sure that you warm down after every session as well so that you can avoid any type of injury.