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The heavy events are all all about timing; finishing a throw in the stone, sprinting to the front of the trig in the weights, accelerating the ball in the hammer, and oh so much more. But, probably the second most annoying thing overheard during competition to, "you had the height," is, "you pulled late." So, how do we know when or even how to finish the pull on the caber toss? Honestly, it comes down to timing and a few principles to remember. We'll dive into that more soon. We've  already gone over the "pick," carry and approach, so let's...

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If you’re undertaking any new sport, you’re gonna need a few things; the same goes for the Highland Games. And, by a “few things,” I mean and whole bag or box full of stuff!  So, what do throwers pack into their huge roller bags or oversized tool boxes? Here’s a list of things I think you should consider getting as a Highland Games athlete (let’s use that word instead of “thrower,” as it makes us sound so much more svelte). Bag or Box  - I currently use a paint ball bag (thanks, Ryan Stewart, for the suggestion). This thing is...

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The Betz Slam Drill. I named it this because that’s who taught it to me – Sean Betz. For those of you who didn’t get the opportunity to throw with Sean, or even watch him throw, you missed out on one of the truly great American throwers in history. I could regale of stories about Sean and his throwing prowess, but that’s for another day. Today, we address the hammer drill he showed me years ago. So, when you’re throwing the light or heavy hammer, it’s hard to warm up. At a competition, you’re not allowed to throw the hammer...

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Going to your first Highland Games can be an overwhelming experience. Proper attire, acceptable gear, travel, and let’s not forget you’ve got eight or nine events to compete in! In the whirlwind of the day, it’s good to have a basis of etiquette so you can enjoy the experience and mind your manners! Yet, I see too many seasoned veterans forgetting the very basics of etiquette in this sport; so, let me break down a few things you should know about “Games Day.” “Shag” or pick up your own implements – At most competitions, you’ll need to retrieve your own...

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Highland Games Basics: 1-2 Drill When I was a freshman in college I had a great throws coach who quickly identified a few problems in my shot put approach; like most all 18 year olds, I had bad habits as well as things I did naturally that needed work. I think that’s an important aspect of throwing we often overlook – what we call “bad habits” may just be natural dispositions toward throwing that event. Some of us are made to be big putters while others are made to chuck massive hammer craters. To me, that’s the beauty of the...

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