How to Put a Shot ft. Reese Hoffa | Olympians’ Tips

How to Put a Shot ft. Reese Hoffa | Olympians’ Tips


Hi, I’m Reese Hoffa,
and I’m an Olympian. Repetition in the rotational
shot put is key to success. Let me show you a few exercises
that I use in the ring that will hopefully allow you
to be successful in throwing the shot put
a little bit better. This is your shot put, and what
I’m going to show you is basically how you hold this
ball to your neck. So, as a rotating athlete…
Let me turn my hand like this. So, if you see on the hand
there, you basically have three digits. That middle digit’s
where you want that ball to basically be sitting
in your hand. So when I put it on here,
there, it’s right here, and what it allows you to do,
if I’m going to throw it, it allows you to flick the ball
off your hand. So now I have a nice,
stable position there, I’m going to turn my thumb…
turn my hand over with my thumbs pointing down, and then I’m going to place
the ball on my neck, and that is a rotative position
when they throw. The next position, it’s still
going to be in the same position in my hand, but instead of
being behind…up near the ear, it’s going to be near the chin. This is a gliding position. So I take the ball and I put it
right under the chin. And this is a gliding position
when holding the ball to your neck. The exercise we’re going to do
is the half turn. And the half turn’s very, very
important when throwing, because it’s all about
the hip movement of that right side
if you’re right-handed, or the left hip
if you’re left-handed. To start the exercise, my feet
right next to each other, reach my right foot out,
bend my right knee, pivot around,
now I’m ready to throw. The next variation to this, you
could also do this with a stick. So I’ll put this behind my
neck. I’m going to reach out same as
I do with my hands on my hips,
bend the right knee, pivot. Now I’m ready to throw. Boom, I’ve taken a throw. Once you can progress to the
ball, which we have here, we usually go from non-reverse,
which I’ll execute first, and then you’ll go to reverse. So I start here,
I bend the right knee, now I have the ball on my neck. And when doing this, let’s make
sure we keep our left hand up. Pivot around,
let’s make sure we check. Stay and throw out. Now we’re going to do a
reverse. Feet about shoulder-width
apart. Ball on my neck, left arm up. Knee pointed in the direction
of the throw. And that will be reverse. And that was the half turn in
the shot position on the neck. If you continue to practise
these exercises and perfect them, you’ll also increase distance
in your rotational technique, and also with ball position,
hopefully allow you to strike the ball better. My name is Reese Hoffa,
and thank you for watching.

100 Comments on “How to Put a Shot ft. Reese Hoffa | Olympians’ Tips”

  1. I've gotta say, I actually threw almost 5 feet further after watching this video. I'm one of the shortest kids on my middle school track and field team, and I've never thrown very far, my best being 20 feet. Today I tried the reverse, and it legitimately helped. Honestly, thanks.

  2. Im 13 and I do shot put I threw it like 10 times in practice ever and the first meet i trew 31 and I am going to try these tips hope I get 46(its my school record)

  3. Always enjoyed the technique and power integration that makes putting the shot effortless and a projectile of beauty… Thanks Master Reese!

  4. i think in shot need technics you have shown its good when it comes reall throw is difficult

  5. I am hyndavi here
    I just thought throwing put to 20m is long to me , but now think it can be UpTo 20-40m also

  6. This guy must have a very heavy right punch. Just think of the hundred times he keep on throwing that iron ball. It will develop a very strong spring-like push of his right hand. The shot put throw but using a kettle bell instead may help greatly in developing punching power.

  7. i want to beat a centre record but it's 12.80 and i only throw 7.03 does anyone think it's possible to achieve that in under a year?

  8. sir I am a your fan👦 Iam 13 year old i thorw
    shot put 7.5 meters 4kg⚪ shot put sir your records in 13 years age☺

  9. Shotput: u got this

    Me: Throughs 1 centermeter

    Shotput: ……………………. I'm sorry for he wasn't ready no no no no he wasn't

  10. THERE'S ONE TECHNIC IN THIS SPORT -> 1, UNO, ONE FREAKING THING -> NOT TWO -> And that one technic is used in this ENTIRE SPORT. 😀 😀 😀

  11. Am a 15 years old 4'8ft girl . did this in PE class for the first time and the teacher called me and 2 other girls to do it for our sports colour club house … 🙏🙏🙏🙏🎉🎉🎉😊😊

  12. i remembered holding the effing shot put for the high school players, brooooo it was so heavy-

    btw i still competed for my school 🙂

  13. Hey Reese, here's a couple items for discussion that apply to both the glide and spin practitioners. There's a YouTube video that compares early Brian Oldfield when he threw 75' to his later throws when his technique was changed and his distances decreased.

    Basically, from the power position in the early Brian period, he went vertical slightly before he began his turn into the launch. In his later period, when he wasn't throwing so far, he began his turn before going vertical.

    Another comparison between Oldfield's technique and today's throwers is this – Oldfield launched WITH BOTH LEGS pushing. Today, the coaches teach to only use the right leg to turn the hips into the throw and then use the blocking leg to go vertical. The result is that the right leg stays bent and never stretches out to help push against the ground to add power to the throw.

    Of course, since Brian Oldfield's time, no one has matched his throwing distances. His reasoning, I guess, was that you can generate more power and push velocity with TWO LEGS rather than just one leg.

    Another difference I noticed with Brian Oldfield was how DEEP he was in the squat position throughout the spin. Brian was down into an almost half squat whereas most throwers today are barely into a quarter squat with knees barely bent. Is that just laziness, poor technique or what?

  14. how much time is required to learn technique? I want to learn it and become a professional shotput thrower.

  15. I am 16 years old and 6 feet tall
    I tried to throw the shotput of 16 pounds without any technique (first time ) of 7.25 metre .I want to know that ,is it good and in future ,what will be my distance? and should I keep it up for profession.

  16. I've tried holding one of those, and 8kg is not a joke. The hard part would be to build strength, to be able hold it, and actually throw it

  17. i used to play as a thrower and i really love your tips mr. Reese Hoffa btw your my inspiration and im just 14 years old

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