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Glide vs. Spin: Standing Throw

A big standing throw is always something fun to have in your back pocket as a thrower. Not only can a big standing throw make you feel good as a competitor, but it can also impact your competition. The “awe” factor may come into play and your opposition may be blown away by your prowess at the finish.


This is great but oftentimes, coaches teach the glide standing throw in a very similar manner as they do the spin. This can lead to a lack of transfer at the front of the circle and poor performance relative to the standing throw capability. By properly learning how to take a standing throw as a glider or spinner, you can earn yourself a HUGE mark that transfers well during competition.


How do we develop force?

When analyzing a standing throw, there are a few detailed key factors that come into play. The standing throw for both the glide and the spin MUST focus on the rate of force development. The rate of force development needs to fall in line with the best way to finish the throw for the glide technique or the spin technique. Many throwers will take standing throws that resemble the front position of a spin while they are actually gliders! This doesn’t transfer well and leads to poor performance. Keep these ideas at the forefront of your mind when training the standing throw.

  1. Does the standing throw position reflect the same foot position and upper body position needed to hit from a full technical movement?

  2. Are you staying grounded? (Ideally, the thrower should be using a non-reverse standing throw)

  3. Does the athlete notice a similar feeling during their standing throw that they feel when doing a competitive throw?


Glide Standing Throw: Understanding Power Positions

Gliders need to have a solid standing throw to truly lead to a big throw from the glide. If nothing else, the standing throw needs to mimic the exact position they will hit at the front of the circle! This means establishing a proper torso position while also having a full grasp around proper foot positioning. Too often, gliders will take a very narrow standing throw and jump all over the circle, only to hit a short/long glide where their power position is much wider!