glide shot put

Glide Shot Put Technique Tips

The purpose of the glide shot put technique is to enable the thrower to get in an optimal power position to deliver the implement with more velocity directed into the shot than from a standing put. Gains of 10% to 20% from the standing throw are expected which could be the difference between first place and not making a final. The glide shot put technique is a linear event, keeping the shot near the center of mass will help eliminated unnecessary rotational movements associated with technical errors in the glide technique.

Glide Shot Put Technique Tips

Coaching Tip: Glide Shot Put Technique

It is recommended to teach the glide shot put in an open area without a toeboard. The coach can use chalk marks on the side of the throwing area; by adding chalk marks for the start of the throw and at six-inch intervals up to seven feet, younger throwers can be aware of the ring space without worrying about using the entire circle or hitting the toeboard.

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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

Experienced coaches need to read this article Ulf Timmermann Shot Put Training from Dave Caster and Ulf Timmermann, former shot put world record holder.

Glide Shot Put Training Tips

Develop glide shot put 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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