While the rotational technique is an outstanding way to propel a shot put a great distance, it’s not for everyone. Coach Jim Aikens also teaches the glide technique to his athletes because it is an easier technique for them to master, and helps them develop a good finish on the ball. In this article, he breaks down this technique into individual drills, complete with explanations and videos.
About Jim Aikens
Coach Aikens is a retired teacher who coaches the throws at Central High School in Burlington, Illinois. Coach Aikens has coached the throws since 1983, and has been the head coach at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, since 1990. While at Fremd, his throwers have won four state championships and 16 other state medals. Many of his throwers have earned conference, sectional, state, and national honors.
Coach Aikens holds USA Track & Field Level 1 and Level 2 certification. He is a Level One USATF Lead Instructor. He has also served as president of the Illinois Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association and is a member of their Hall of Fame. He currently serves as the Illinois representative for the National Throws Coaches Association. Coach Aikens has published several articles about the throws and training for the throws, and is a much sought-after speaking clinician. Coach Aikens is the author of the Championship Video Throws series.