Discus Throwing

Here we explain the basics of discus throwing technique as well as number of practice drills which break the skill down into smaller managable parts which are easier to learn and perfect. Four sets of related drills created by throws coach John Painter can be performed pretty much anywhere and build technique and strength.

Introduction to Discus throwing

A good way to support the development and retention of throwing skills and technique is through the use of drills. Drills break down the kill learning into much more manageable chunks and allow the athlete to perform them many times more than if they were just throwing.

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. Here we explain Discus throwing technique step by step.

Discus Drills – Set 1

All the D-ball drills can be done inside a throwing cage and be thrown into the net so they can be practiced many times in a short period. A D-ball is a medicine ball that has had a handle cut into one side.

Discus Drills – Set 2

The following four drills use a towel instead of a medicine ball and work on perfecting footwork and rotational technique. These are standing throw, 180 degree turn and run through.

Discus Drills – Set 3

Discus drills practice set 3 works on rotating with a towel for very light resistance. They build up progressively through to a full turn and aim to develop core movement and technique. Each drill should be performed 3 to 5 times.

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.

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