Why Bother If You Only Do Full Throws At A Meet?
If you think about it long enough, you can start to convince yourself that practicing the full glide (or rotational shot or full discus throw) is all you need to do at practice because, let’s face it, you aren’t going to do a standing throw at a meet.
When you think about it even more, you have a very limited amount of time to practice your full throw. If you have a 2 hour practice at your school, a normal breakdown would look like this:
15 minutes general team warm up
5 minutes to get all of the equipment out
45 minutes of weight training/conditioning at the end of practice
So when it is all broken up, you really only have about 45-55 minutes, on average, to practice the actual throwing technique. Or if you do multiple events, 20-30 minutes per event per day to practice the technique.
That’s not a lot of time, so why waste time practicing the standing throw?
For newer throwers, practicing the standing throw (or the power position throw) is a huge part of practice and what 90% of your practice should be focused on when you first begin. I don’t think anyone would argue that point.
But for the advanced athletes, the potential champions on your team, the returning medalists of last year’s season, the college bound throwers, why spend time (or waste time) doing the power position throws at practice?
Here are three good reasons why:
1. The power position should look exactly the same as the end of your full competition throw. If you were to take a slow motion video of your power position (standing) throw at practice and compare it to a slow motion video of your power position at the end of a competition glide, they should look identical.
2. The power position (standing) throw is the most important part of the glide. Many top gliders from the past have stated that the farther their standing throw, the farther the full throw. When you couple this with the fact that most top gliders are only getting an additional 2-3 meters from their full technique on top of their standing throw, how could you NOT practice your standing throw and try to improve it?
3. Like a home run hitter working with a hitting coach on smaller parts of their swing and a baseball pitcher working with a pitching coach on smaller parts of the throw, shot putters and discus throwers need to correct release and power position mechanics during the standing throw. It is next to impossible to correct a small part of the power position when you are taking a full throw at or close to competition speed. For this reason any corrections that need to be made to working from the ground up (feet, knee, hip), release angle, blocking, throwing arm position, head position, pushing all of your power in a straight line, etc needs to be done during the standing throw.
So there you have it. I am hoping the above video in addition to this post helps to explain just how important standing throws are to the full throw. Please make sure to share this post, leave your questions and comments below, and check back in for more videos and throwing information.