Question: When you talk about focusing on the orbit, what do you mean? -James
People like to focus on footwork, but it is the orbit of the hammer that is the most important element of technique. This isn’t even a debatable question. But, what is the orbit? And what should a hammer thrower know about it?
In short, the orbit is the path that the hammer itself travels. The most discussed part of the orbit is the low point, with coaches often talking about if it should be to the left or right. But focusing on this is just focusing on a two-dimensional snapshot of the orbit. In addition to being left or right, the hammer can be too high or too low. And the most important aspect is yet another dimension: time. Where the hammer was and where the hammer is going is just as important as where it is.
When I talk about focusing on the orbit, I mean several things. Here are a few of the major points of focus.
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