Hi guys, I was just curious to your views on overweight and underweight implements for the throws and what is too heavy/light.
Hi @James Joycey , I definitely say throw heavy and light. Depending on your age, you should chose wisely. For instance, I wouldn't give a 17yo a 10k hammer. I'd think a couple kilos light and heavy of your competition weight should suffice. Unless otherwise directed by your coach.
Hi guys, I was just curious to your views on overweight and underweight implements for hammer and what is too heavy/light to be throwing in training.
In france a 17y old thrower throws 5kg. You can throw hammer from 4kg to 6kg with normal length and 7,2kg with a 0,9m cable length.
There's a little scuttle on throwing with different weights.
Some athletes use heavier implements others select lighter ones. I only know from my experience and observations that throwing the different weights is pretty much the same for each increment. In other words; if you throw shots of one pound increments each additional pound will subtract a couple of feet & add a couple of feet when a pound is subtracted. This is your personal formula representing your technique.
I found that it is also an indicator of potential distance. Some techniques depreciate in distance pre pound and some appreciate in distance per pound . It's a % kind of thing.
The 12# shot is 25% of the 16# shot. If you're a 50' thrower/16# and add 25% distance by throwing the 12# you'll get 62' 6" or about 3.1 feet per pound. I found that when I glided I maintained this formula until I reached 91' with the [4kg] shot & 69' with the [7.26kg] shot (3.05" per pound.)
This formula decreased in distance per pound as the shot got lighter. The same formula increased in foot per pound when I used the rotational technique . I concluded that the acceleration was greater with the spin thus predicting that the spin had an advantage over 75' at least for me in my choice of technique. I was able to maintain this formula with shot up to 35 pounds (2 pounds per foot) as I got stronger. I was throwing 25' farther with the 4lb. shot (this was what sold me).