Shot Put Drillsby Scott Bennett
The goal of any great throw is to bring as much speed and stretch reflex to the power position as possible. One must release the implement as close to the optimal speed of release, angle of release, and height of release.
The drills in this course are in the order of the front of the circle to the back of the circle. I teach it this way because we are trying to bring the before-mentioned qualities to the power position and through the release at the front.
When attempting to learn; practice first without an implement, then with a ball, and last with a shot. What we are trying to do is cultivate this relationship between your brain and your body to know what to do.
One must do thousands of these reputations to master these drills. It starts slow and simple then advances to the whole movement. The drills can be done practically anywhere. It takes dedication and patience to attain the numbers of reps necessary to be proficient.
At the end of this course, there are lessons of elite male and female throwers to observe and practice analyzing what they are doing similarly and what they are doing differently. Evaluating a throw when looking at the below positions of your athletes will help you quickly determine what needs work or what you have accomplished.
- Break contact with the left foot out of the back
- When they land with their right foot in the center
- When their left foot taps in the power position in front of the circle
- Where their body positions are at the end of the release
The quest for technical proficiency and further throws begins on day 1 of your career and stops the day you retire.
Scott Bennett has over 40 years of experience coaching everyone from high schoolers to Olympians. Coach Bennett has produced 5 Olympians in the field events including one gold medalist. His most decorated throwers include 4-time Olympian and 4-time national discus champion Aretha Thurmond as well as Andy Bloom who earned 4th place in the shot put at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Andy Bloom is one of the best shot/discus ‘doublers’ in track and field history. His personal best in the shot is 71’7” along with a best of 224’7” in the discus. Bloom won NCAA titles in both the shot and disc as well as a 4th place shot put finish at the 2000 Olympic Games.