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Track and Field – Shot Put Tips

Shot put requires not only strength but also speed. The following shot put tips will help the putter to put better.

  • Three styles of putting are common in shot put-sliding put, standing put and gliding put.
  • Warm up well before training for shot put. It will protect the body from all types of injury. The warm up exercises for arms and wrist are very crucial.
  • Hold the shot with both hands and put it in the throwing hand. The fingers are spread around the shot without placing it on the palm. The position of the thumb and little are very important for proper balance of the shot.
  • The shot is raised above the head and the wrist is flexed back. Bring the arms down with the shot placed against the neck below the ear.
  • The elbow is positioned away from the body and the palm turned out.
  • The shot is put according to the style that is followed i.e. whether it is standing, gliding or sliding.
  • Once the shot is put the weight transfer is required to avoid injury. The right arm continues to move to the left and the left arm is around the back of the body. The feet are switched and all the weight is put on the right leg.
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