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OK some strong opinions now,
I feel certain athletes go down a route with a shot style that does not work for them.
Carl Myerscough UK is a giant, six eleven, three thirty three fifty, I think if he switched to the short long glide ala east germans he would be far more effective, i think he is too tall for a seven foot circle, maybe I am wrong, and i think a lot of american girls rotating are making a great mistake.. the upper body lower body strength ratios are different in men and women and due to womens more relatively powerfull legs and much greater hip flexibillity I thing the girls can throw further with shirt ling glides.
I think Adam nelson and Reese Hoffa get it just right!
i think if they threw long short or short they would not be world champions.
I would have loved to have seen john godina as a glider, and I would love to see rutger smith as a glider ( although i think he could be a smoking discus thrower if he focused on that event)
There are a lot of talented kids in the US who have only ever rotated but could have been great gliders if they ever tried it.
Also shot putters must have a variety of power and strengths from throwing heavy and light things ( puds, medicine balls, weights, different weight shots) sprinting, some carefull jumping, and of course general and specific lifting,
PS apart from barnes no one has throwen further than timmerman, and andrei, and very few have surpassed Beyer, or gunthoer,so the potential of the glide is stll there.
I don't know why so many highland games athletes rotate, on wet, long, coarse, or mucky grass the glide would kick ass.
The top glider over the last few years is Minknivitch from belarus, how would he have done on grass with the 16lb stone, I reckon his slow carefull big base glide would have had him ove 68 feet time and time again on grass.
published at Oct 19th 2007 11:53pm on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/