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How are beginning discus throwers taught basic throwing fundamentals?

The first thing a beginning discus thrower needs to learn is how to roll the discus off of the index finger of the throwing hand. Holding the discus flat in your hand with the index finger and middle finger touching is the correct technique. Rolling (spinning) the discus like a bowling ball down the grass is a great learning drill. Once that is mastered, the same drill can be performed by spinning the discus high into the air. The athlete is now ready to try to do a standing throw and throw the discus off of the index finger with the shoulders level. The athlete must try to stay relaxed when winding up to help create a stretch-reflex effect with the discus. The hips and back do the majority of the work in creating torque and the throwing arm does not begin the strike until the left foot is blocking against the ground. During a full throw, 1.25 spins, it is important to stay on the balls of the feet while keeping the toes dorsiflexed at all times. The head and shoulders must continuously remain level during the throw, and the arms must be extended out from the sides at 180 degrees (nine o'clock and three o'clock). The head may watch the left thumb during the whole throw until it is time to block and release the discus.

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