John Painter

Hammer Throwing

The hammer throw technique is quite different to all the other throws. It is a rotaitonal technique where the thrower aims to turn in the circle with gradually increasing speed with the elite throwers managing four turns before releasing. Throws coach John Painter has broken down the technique into four drill sets making it easier …

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Hammer throwing

Hammer Throwing: Practise Drills 4

Practice set 4 involve using an Olympic weight lifting bar and performing tuning drills. The aim again is to improve rotational technique, core strength, and coordination. Drill 1: Olympic Bar Hang Turns Aim: To develop core movement and rotational technique Description: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart Hold an Olympic bar across thighs Make 3-5 rotational …

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Hammer Throwing: Practise Drills 3

Hammer drills set three involve shuttle runs along a straight line and pivot turns on the spot with medicine balls and hammers. The aim is to improve rotational technique, core strength, balance, and control. Drill 1: Medicine Ball Shuttle Aim: To develop the basic rotational technique Description: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart Hold the medicine …

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Hammer Throwing: Practise Drills 2

Hammer drills practice set two involves using the hammer and doing turning shuttle runs in a straight line. Single-arm turns with both hands as well as two-handed turns are done. Drill 1: Left Hand Shuttle Run Aim: To develop core movement and rotational technique Description: Stand feet shoulder-width apart, handle held in left hand, right …

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Hammer Throwing: Practise Drills 1

Practice set 1 involves the use or medicine balls with handles called D-balls. The aim is to improve core stability and rotational technique. Drill 1: Hip Flicks (Both Sides) Aim: To develop core movement and improve release. Description: Start with feet shoulder-width apart. Push hips and throw the D Ball over the same shoulder as …

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Hammer Throwing Technique

Hammer competitions were first recorded in Ireland and Scotland in the 16th century and by the 1800s were a regular part of the highland games. The hammer was first introduced into the Olympics in 1904 with most hammers throwers today using a three or four turn technique. The following sequence is written for a right-handed …

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Introduction to Hammer Throwing

A good way to support the development and retention of throwing skills and technique is through the use of drills or practices. These practices can break down the skill into much more manageable chunks and allow the athlete to learn one step at a time, giving them extra time to perfect the technique. This is …

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Javelin Technique Explained

Think of all throws having three phases, a beginning, a middle and end and in each phase there are several sections. The beginning is the start and run (body develops speed and rhythm), the middle or transition (which places the body and javelin in the correct position for throwing) are the crossovers and the end …

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Discus Technique

The discus event we know today evolved from the ancient Olympic Pentathlon where the athlete was required to long jump, throw the discus and javelin, as well as run and wrestle. The following sequence explaining how to throw a discus is written for a right-handed thrower which means that they will be entering the throw …

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Discus Drills – Set 4

These drills use shuttle runs where the skill is repeated over and over in a straight line. They can be performed pretty much anywhere with the minimum of equipment. These drills are done with hands on hips or as a shuttle run. Hands on hips in circle Aim: To develop core movement Description: Start with …

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