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Ask Martin Vol. 15: Finding The Right Cue

What are cues are you using for your technique in training now? -Brian

The cues I use in training mostly relate to the start of my throw. The majority of my problems, and the majority of most throwers’ problems, start at the beginning of the throw. I have some cues I always come back to, but what works for me may not work for you. The more interesting question for me is how someone can find a good cue. Cues are the language of coaching and just as finding the right word separates good from bad writers, finding the right cue separates good from bad coaches.

The first step in finding a cue is to understand the different between what you are trying to accomplish and how you want to accomplish it. This is the difference between effects and causes. “Get a longer orbit on the left side” is not a good cue since this is the result you are aiming for. Instead you have to get to the root of the cause. This is a problem I am frequently working on and I often will use cues like “keep a longer double support on the entry” in order to get that result.


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5 replies
  1. zach
    zach says:

    I have such a hard time with physically impossible cues. I have to shut off the logical part of my brain and just try it when I work with a coach that gives me impossible cues. I’m ok with this practice as long as the coach has the understanding that its impossible.

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