One thing I learned last weekend as I watched the Elite women throw was the moment an implement was underway, many of them would instantly break down the throw and either move or say (or both) what needs to happen on the next attempt. I liked it. The mechanics of the throws can be simple or complicated depending on who you’re asking and the top ladies kept things simple.
Speed, hips, knees, eyes, rhythm (you know I have to spell check that stupid word every time I use it?), release, pop, sprint, block and many more I’m not thinking of that were uttered on the field. But NOT ALL AT ONCE! See, one of the main problems I’ve had when getting help from well meaning folks who want to help a noob out is that at least five of these words are tossed out at once. This almost happened again a few weeks ago when I put my foot down and said, “Nope, I’m going to practice this one thing that was just given and makes sense to me. Thank you, but no.” The well meaning dood went on to say most people can process two or three cues and that he was the one who fixed me at a former games with the sheaf.
For the record, Jason Clevenger gave me the cue to “Pop” with the block. Jason. No one else. For the record.
One thing, mechanical breakdown, apply. I liked it.
Also, for anyone tempted to whine to an AD at a Highland Games, I liked this.
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.