The aim of this drill is to develop a glide technique. The athlete glides backwards repeatedly using a light soft ball and aiming to maintain balance.


Aim: To develop the basic glide technique


  • Use a soft ball that is around the size of the individuals age-related shot with the weight no more than 1kg
  • Athlete glides backwards, stopping only briefly in the power position before going straight into the next glide movement
  • Repeat 4-6 times per set

Coaching points:

  • Make sure non-throwing arm stays back and shoulders remain parallel to the ground

More Athletics:

More Shot Put