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Glide: Move Like a Pro

Is it possible to drop monster throws with the glide technique? We have heard the argument that shorter and weaker throwers should never glide. They can’t be successful, nor can they become elite. The movement is more physically demanding, the athlete needs to be very explosive and height needs to be on their side!


Over the last decade, we have seen gliders virtually disappear. This has occurred even after Tomasz Majewski won two Olympic titles in 2008 and 2012 with the glide technique, David Storl won multiple championships with the glide technique and Michelle Carter won the 2016 Olympic title with the glide technique!


Perhaps the dissolving of this technique is more based around the fact that coaches are struggling to coach the movement effectively and truly don’t know the benefits of this classic technique. Let’s figure out what it takes to glide like a pro!


What’s the Point??!?!


It’s extremely important to remember the ENTIRE GOAL behind any full throw technique. The goal is to get to the power position or the standing position with a solid amount of momentum that enables the thrower to transfer energy effectively into the implement. Oftentimes, gliders will take huge standing throws but then they can barely add distance when they take a full throw. This is very likely due to the fact that they hit a poor power position when taking their full throw and they don’t transfer the energy effectively!


One of the biggest plus sides behind the spin is based around distance added to standing throws. Many spinners have been known to add 3+ meters to their standing throw on a given day. This seems to be unheard of in the world of gliding. HOWEVER, Lucas Warning is a glider that trains at ThrowsU and regularly will add 3.5 meters to his standing throw! This is because he transfers energy into the shot rapidly and hits proper positioning to do so. This is the ultimate key behind the glide.


The Start


The glide technique can be comparable to the 0 to 60 test in sports cars. Gliders MUST get to top-end speed as quickly as possible. Why is this? The shot travels a shorter distance in the glide than it does in the rotational technique. By getting to top-end speed as rapidly as possible, gliders need to hit an optim