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Harry Marra
June 01, 2012

SHOT PUT ( Shuffle Style )

OTC ELITE MULTI EVENTS

STEP # 1.Shot Put

The BEAUTY of the shuffle style of shot putting is that it ENABLES the athlete to land in the middle of the circle in the correct position ( functional power position ) 19 out of 20 times !!!  It is a very simple skill, compared to the traditional glide style.  You must discipline yourself to release from the back of the circle with a “ SET POSTURE/POSITION “ and land in the middle of the ring with the SAME posture/position EACH AND EVERY TIME; be it a practice situation; be it all comers meets; be it the Olympic Games. Every time!

STEP # 2. ( Middle of the ring/circle )

“ TURN ON IT “ with hip/leg/left arm in the middle of the ring, all the while keeping your head on your right shoulder ( right handed throwers ) and maintaining the established position/posture from Step # 1 above. This step # 2 can also be called the PATIENCE PHASE.

STEP # 3.

If Step #’s 1 and 2 are done correctly, then all of the set up work is done and in place….so now here in Step # 3, SIMPLY EXPLODE ON IT.  ie…pop shoulder, pop legs, strike hard and fast, finish completely, flick wrist, pop full right side, etc.etc.

SIMPLE SUMMARY OF ABOVE: ( These could be cues!!)

1. START & LAND CORRECTLY ( in middle of circle )

2. TURN ON IT, NEVER LOOSING POSTURE

3. EXPLODE

Harry Marra, Coach, OTC Elite Combined  Events

 

Comments (5)

Legna wrote on June 01, 2012
a video presentation would be nice....
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Tonydell1975 wrote on Nov 23, 2012
I agree this point, too. A video would be nice for us to learn.
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Ron Burton wrote on Dec 02, 2012
I agree that the shuffle method is the most consistent method to use however, I don't think you will reach your full potential using it. For example, Ashton Eaton used the shuffle technique, but now is using the glide method and is setting greater PR's since switching.
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Harry Marra wrote on Jan 23, 2013
Ashton is STILL using the shuffle. Trials, Games and now....
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Chris Holloman wrote on Oct 03, 2016
Having watched Ashton use this technique, and then ALSO trying it for myself, I can validate the consistency aspect of this claim. I have a smaller frame than most and the glide was just not effective in allowing me to set up from the back of the circle. It created too much airtime in my initial push out of the back. The shuffle, on the other hand, helps me control this phase with an extra foot contact allowing me to maintain full control leading into the above mentioned 'phase #3'
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