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“Step away from the bar.” These are the words I say to myself when I walk by a Snickers, but for the time being we’ll reference it for the 56 lb. Weight Over Bar. When I was in middle school I had the opportunity to compete in the long jump … well … let’s be honest; so did everyone. It was seventh grade and I was part of the pentathlon that the whole track team was doing. Now, as a thrower, I knew my days as a long jumper would never come to fruition, but I have to admit, those...

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The dust has settled (in this case, maybe from the amazing Alaska Snow Marble trophy by hand carved by Carl Hind). As I mentally unwrap the incredible weekend, and recover from the jet lag and constant daylight, there were five specific performances at this year’s IHGF Worlds that stuck out to me; five performances that really stirred things up and altered the final tally. 1. The massive shoulder punch from Vladislav Tulacek (Czech Republic) This was my first-time throwing with “Vlad” and I have to tell you, he’s already a force to be reckoned with. This 6’6” 275 lb. beast...

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If you’re looking to make some instant improvement in your weights for distance, than look no further than permanently damaging your thumb!  I mean, you’ve got two, so hurting one of them won’t be a problem, right? Look at the bright side – you’ll be throwing further! If you’re not already, it’s time to start hook gripping the handle in the light weight and heavy weight for distance. There have been only a few people in the history of the sport who could get away with just a standard grip in these events, and the world record holders hook grip...

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The Scottish hammer can be one of the most complex and intimidating events; in my opinion, it’s second only to the caber. So, how does one even begin to stick their feet in the ground and wind a 16 or 22 lb. ball and handle around their head? If you don’t have your stance right, you might “wind” up in a bad position (see what I did there?). I don’t mean to “hammer” home too many points, but your problem could be your stance. One of the very initial things is how you set up to throw it, and that’s...

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Lately, people have asked for some insights and “tips” for the various events. Yet, I’ve been reminded that the things I might think of today, are not the things I focused on when I first started out and, many times, first-timers aren’t privy to that information unless they attend a clinic or have someone personally helping them. This is the beginning of a series of blog entries regarding the different events and some “initial” or “beginning” tips and technique points of focus. Today, let’s break down an aspect of the sport’s signature event, the Caber “pick.” This is the first...

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