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Four Keys to the Glide Finish

You have been improving your glide technique, your throws feel better, you are faster across the circle but something still isn’t clicking. When you warm up, you are able to take massive standing throws, the shot flies off your hand and your standing throws land further than most throwers full throws, but something still seems off!

Every movement is linear through the circle. Your drive out of the back is solid, your left leg hits an optimal position, the right leg moves rapidly. There is still some sense of a disconnect. When you take a full glide, you fall to the left and end up spinning around like a top. There is something wrong with you glide finish and you need to fix it, ASAP!

The Set-Up…Move PROPERLY

The glide needs to be linear. Period. The start needs to optimize energy to ensure a ton of energy is being created and utilized throughout the entire movement. That means using a dynamic start out of the back, the left leg stays linear and drives in a straight pattern across the circle. The hips stay facing the back of the circle UNTIL the right foot exits the back of the circle. When the right foot exits the back of the circle, it will rapidly move to the middle of the circle and will ground just before the left foot grounds. This linear movement establishes a ton of energy that is then transferred effectively into the shot put...IF, the glide is done properly!

Body Part Focus: Left Arm/Right Shoulder

The left arm triggers the beginning of the finish of the glide. The left arm should open just prior to the left foot grounding, triggering a transfer forward. The glider should feel a big stretch from the left pec, across the chest into the right shoulder. This opening will enable the body to transfer forward on the finish into the toeboard. When the left arm is used, the right shoulder will then have a BIG push forward as well to initiate a long final position over the toeboard.