Standing Shot Put
Standing Shot Put

Field Events: Standing Shot Put is a Good Predictor of Competitive Performance

Dick Moss, Editor, PE Update

You're teaching a group of novice throwers who have yet to learn the full shot put glide technique. What's a quick way to predict their potential once they learn the full technique?

The easiest way is to simply have them perform a maximum standing shot put. In general, the standing shot put will account for 90% of the distance they could toss with the full glide technique.

In the standing technique, your thrower assumes a position sideways to the direction of the put and completes the movement from this starting position.

1. Bill Larsen (Australia), “Variations in shot put methods and their application.” The Throws, Edited by Jess Jarver, Tafnews Press,  1994.
2. Bob Swopes, Youth Track & Field On-Track Event Drills, Strategies and Games Free Flow Handbook (Ebooks) [Kindle Edition], Jacobob PressLLC , 2011.

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