Highland Games Technique Assistance

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  1. Gaijin36

    Gaijin36 Orange Belt

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    So I have been scouring the internet for a source to learn proper throwing technique for the highland games, does anyone have any suggestions? I got Michael Vincent's Training Lab book for Christmas.
     
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    thedirtybadger Black Belt

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    A good start would be telling us what you are planning on throwing. Are you competing in several heavy events?
     
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    livingdeadmoose Silver Belt

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    Fellow thrower here (and so is Calvus). Check out http://nasgaweb.com/main.asp They have forums and a lot of beginner info.

    That aside, welcome! It's always great to see another thrower here! How long have you been thowing?
     
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    Gaijin36 Orange Belt

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    I would eventually like to compete in all of the heavy events. Right now I am planning on WFD, WFH, caber, hammer, braemer, and open stone puts. I have not given much thought to the sheaf toss but maybe someday... I just turned 41 and have never done a HG before. I have read alot of guys saying that technique is everything. As I am stationed in the middle east right now I figured now is the time to practice as there are obviously no games here.
     
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    Gaijin36 Orange Belt

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    I have never thrown so totally taking on something new. In doing so I want to ensure I show up for my first with at least some idea of what the hell I'm doing...
     
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    livingdeadmoose Silver Belt

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    Yea I'm sure you would have to build or order your own implements in order to train out there. I highly recommend you start an account over on the other site as well. They can help you out with building your own implements.
     
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    Gaijin36 Orange Belt

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    I have already made a training weight (had a welder make a D-handle as well) it is adjustable weight and at @ 17.5 inches in height. I am thinking for the hammer I will get a length of chain and a piece of 1" roundstock with a ring for @ 45-50" in total.

    I will look into starting an account over there, thanks.
     
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    livingdeadmoose Silver Belt

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    Don't worry about your first games. The HG community is very friendly and helpful. It's like any other sport, don't hesitate, just do it.
     
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    livingdeadmoose Silver Belt

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    For the Scottish hammer, the handle is actually solid, like this.
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    Chernabog Sherdog Curator

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    Good luck!

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    Yeah but I have very limited options over here. I figured until I got back to North America this woulf at least let me get used to the grip profile versus say a "D" handle, just a thought.
     
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    calvus Getting Crunk

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    I sent this as a reply to your PM, but was having some internet problems & not sure if it went through....

    Awesome - Highland Games are so much fun. We're almost the same age, I turn 41 in March.

    Tons of help here: NASGA - you may want to start a training log. Almost all of the pros keep logs on this site, great place to learn.

    Also, XMarksTheScot has an Athletics sub-forum, and some good posts on the events & DIY equipment: http://www.xmarksthescot.com/forum/f161/

    I don't know anyone in BC, but the very best thing for you to do would be to find some local guy you can meet & practice with. I would recommend starting an account & introducing yourself of both of those forums & asking if anyone is in the Vancouver area.

    Worst case scenario, show up at the event, register as "novice" and the judges will show you everything you need to know. I know a couple of guys who never touched an implement prior to their first event, its not that uncommon.

    Where are you planning to do the event in the Spring?

    GOOD LUCK!!
     
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    Yay! The old man thrower showed up! :icon_lol:
     

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