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It’s fine to have ”a good arm” but it may be better to have a good left leg ! In fact , without a solid support , the best arm in the world will not achieve much better than what the para athletes are doing from their seats . Any force need a support to be active. out of that , one always tells to go ”faster” , it’s OK if you can move fast but what is the use to produce more speeds , therefore more forces , if you don’t provide them with a solid support to withstand it and transfer them into an implement. The fast left leg landing is therefore a charasteristic feature of the best throwers and the test of technical level.
In this chapter , we shall see HOW one can land this left leg , non only faster and faster but also at the right place and the right time to be used when it is needed. In fact there are several factors in play : the quality of the right foot pivoting – The moving of the left leg during this pivoting – The pressing down on the legs to lower the centre of gravity and accelerate the pivot – The active opening of the left knee – The ”banging down” of the left leg – The body weight transfert from the right leg to the left….
Out of the commented photo sequences from the champions , one will also see some illustrated examples of the most frequent faults
Not forgetting that during all this time (the shortest as possible) , the upper body will have to stay passive to be able to benefit later from the forces and the tensions produced into the final strike.
Available documents : 1-PDF 13 pages Landing the ‘”trigger” left leg. 2-ALEKNA Mykolas 68.73m photo sequence (Courtesy Holkema) -3- BELL Connor vid 1 training throw -4-ALEKNA Mykolas 68.73m original video -5-ALEKNA Mykolas 67.68m original video -6-Left leg up and down landing exercise (Goulter)