How to Put a Shot ft. Reese Hoffa | Olympians’ Tips

How to Put a Shot ft. Reese Hoffa | Olympians’ Tips


Hi, I’m Reese Hoffa,
and I’m an Olympian. Repetition in the rotational
shot put is key to success. Let me show you a few exercises
that I use in the ring that will hopefully allow you
to be successful in throwing the shot put
a little bit better. This is your shot put, and what
I’m going to show you is basically how you hold this
ball to your neck. So, as a rotating athlete…
Let me turn my hand like this. So, if you see on the hand
there, you basically have three digits. That middle digit’s
where you want that ball to basically be sitting
in your hand. So when I put it on here,
there, it’s right here, and what it allows you to do,
if I’m going to throw it, it allows you to flick the ball
off your hand. So now I have a nice,
stable position there, I’m going to turn my thumb…
turn my hand over with my thumbs pointing down, and then I’m going to place
the ball on my neck, and that is a rotative position
when they throw. The next position, it’s still
going to be in the same position in my hand, but instead of
being behind…up near the ear, it’s going to be near the chin. This is a gliding position. So I take the ball and I put it
right under the chin. And this is a gliding position
when holding the ball to your neck. The exercise we’re going to do
is the half turn. And the half turn’s very, very
important when throwing, because it’s all about
the hip movement of that right side
if you’re right-handed, or the left hip
if you’re left-handed. To start the exercise, my feet
right next to each other, reach my right foot out,
bend my right knee, pivot around,
now I’m ready to throw. The next variation to this, you
could also do this with a stick. So I’ll put this behind my
neck. I’m going to reach out same as
I do with my hands on my hips,
bend the right knee, pivot. Now I’m ready to throw. Boom, I’ve taken a throw. Once you can progress to the
ball, which we have here, we usually go from non-reverse,
which I’ll execute first, and then you’ll go to reverse. So I start here,
I bend the right knee, now I have the ball on my neck. And when doing this, let’s make
sure we keep our left hand up. Pivot around,
let’s make sure we check. Stay and throw out. Now we’re going to do a
reverse. Feet about shoulder-width
apart. Ball on my neck, left arm up. Knee pointed in the direction
of the throw. And that will be reverse. And that was the half turn in
the shot position on the neck. If you continue to practise
these exercises and perfect them, you’ll also increase distance
in your rotational technique, and also with ball position,
hopefully allow you to strike the ball better. My name is Reese Hoffa,
and thank you for watching.

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