Question: My question is prefaced by two different wind and entry techniques. A few years ago at the NTCA, one coach spoke about keeping your shoulders facing forward in the winds and winding around your head and getting your hands down as the hammer comes to 0º, before entry into the first turn. Others at the conference felt that you should turn your shoulders to the right, catching the ball at 270º, still getting your hands down by 0º and pushing into the entry. -Bill
Normally I’m pretty open about how people start the throw, but I do not agree with keeping the shoulders fixed at the start. Keeping the shoulders fixed creates a false sense of have good balance and an axis of rotation. What actually gives you balance and a good position is having a little momentum. Momentum is how the hammer carries you into the first turn and what creates a long path for the hammer out to the left. In essence, momentum will let the hammer will turn you. The problem with keeping the shoulders fixed is that you can’t accelerate the hammer until it is at zero (which, by the way, is where the low point should be). By turning the shoulders, you can accelerate the hammer slightly on the second wind before the hammer gets to zero, thus giving it that needed momentum. Look at all of the top throwers and their starts will all be different, but they turn their shoulders in the winds.
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