Feet Alignment in the Power Position of
By Gary Aldrich, M-F Athletic Company
feet alignment for the power position of the shot or discus is
a Toe-Heel or Toe-Instep Position.
Using a right
handed thrower as a reference, the left foot’s big toe (which
is closest to the toe board) will align with the right foot’s
instep or heel (which is in the center of the circle). Whether
to place the foot in a Toe-Heel or Toe-Instep is commonly
determined by the size of the athlete.
larger, wider hip athletes usually feel more comfortable in
the Toe-Heel relationship. The reason this alignment is the
most advantageous is because of the following:
1) If the
feet are in a closed position where the left foot’s heel is
aligned with the right foot’s big toe, as you pivot your feet
to initiate the throw your hips will stop prior to them facing
the middle of the sector. The left leg will stop the hip
rotation. The hips will stop resulting in facing down the
right hand sector and thus the throw will go down the right
sector line. This causes a short push on the shot.
2) If the
feet are in an open position where the left foot’s big toe is
aligned with nothing on the right foot, your hips will blow
pass the release point and face the left sector. The reason
this happens is there is no initial blocking action occurring
thus causing throws to go down the left sector. This will
cause a weak push and missing the proper point of release.
proper feet alignment is Toe-Heel or Toe-Instep. This will
allow the hips to face up to the middle of the sector and keep
all the force lines in alignment, resulting in hitting a
strong release position and a summation of forces that will
generate the best possible results.