We are students of throwing. We try to dissect each event into it’s parts, perfect each component, and then put the throw back together into a more beautiful thing.
In the video, we try to show you how to learn your throw, to feel how changes in rhythm and timing have a big effect, and how to use your existing skill set to optimize your distances.
We also try to explain some of the physics of throwing for each event that can cause problems with technique, or that you can exploit for more distance. We also focus on common errors of new and experienced throwers, and provide solutions to fix them.
Here’s a teaser clip to show you some of the video content. The DVD is over an hour long, professionally shot (in HD) and professionally edited. Every second of it is packed with instruction, explanation, and direction (So much instruciton that we had to write the companion book because we couldn’t fit all the info in the movie!). There are interview-style technique explanations, slow-motion and still frame shots for detail, walk-through discussions, drills, voice-over instructional portions, and on-screen review sections. It’s literally stuffed with our experience, our hard-earned lessons, and our years of built-up knowledge.
The video begins with a section on Basic Throwing Principles – the X, the Stretch, and the Settle. These three concepts are the foundation of all throwing. Nearly every event uses these basic movements, so we break them down and explain in detail why they are important, where to look for them, and show you drills on how to accentuate them in your technique.
In the Event Specific Technique portion, we break each event group down step by step, starting with beginner level instruction and taking it all the way through expert level cues. Our aim was to provide something for everyone, and to provide a resource that would be useful as your skill set improves.
The section on the Stones covers basics like the best way to hold a stone, how to get a flick, and how to perfect your finish. It also goes over things like the rocking drill for the Breamar throw, which is great for beginners to learn how weight transfer can add distance to their throw. Besides a step by step discussion of the Breamar, South African, and Open techniques, we also focus on fixes for the most common mistakes we see on the highland games circuit. We also show you the most critical drills that we believe were keys to our success like the “walk and pop” drill, and the “left hand drill”. The video highlights the drills, and the companion book describes in more detail how these will affect your technique.
In the Weights section, we break the technique down step by step, and explain how a contrarian way of thinking can produce more distance. We also spend some time showing you how to get over that fear of fouling with the “entry drill”. We also demonstrate various line drills, which are key to smooth technique through exhaustion drills, discussed in great detail in the companion book. We learned those drills from world record holder Youri Sedych.
Most people approach the Caber with a haphazard attitude – they just pick, run, and pull. We approached it with a very methodical technique, and training it with drills like the “13 step drill” was a surefire way to guarantee a top spot in the event scoring. We break it down literally step by step, and show you exactly what to do with your hands, your feet, and when to pull.
From our track and field experience, the Hammer was an instant favorite for us when we first started training the highland games. We didn’t start to excel at it until we formulated our contrarian way of thinking and took it in a different direction. We show you the drills that we use to get beginners and experts to change their focus in this event and start countering hard with the “pendulum drill”, the “foot lift drill”, how to hold the X, and a few others.
In the Weight over Bar section, we cover the standing and spinning techniques. We describe the proper techniques, and discuss solutions to some of the most common technical errors.
Click through the gallery below for some screen shots of the video.