best throwing discus
Throwing sports are often misunderstood and are seen as requiring brute force and little else. This misunderstanding is at least in part due to the fact that shotput and discus both require a lot of strength to throw effectively. In truth, both sports require a tremendous amount of skill, but throwing discus is also largely dependent on the quality, type, and weight of the throwing equipment itself. Before you buy your throwing discus, make sure you understand exactly what to look for in your equipment. Contact Coach Fouts for more information >>

What is the best throwing discus?

There is no one “best throwing discus” because the best equipment will vary from one athlete to another. A women’s discus will be different from a men’s discus, and olympic discus weight is different from college throwing weight. Different rim weights will perform differently in the hands of one athlete or another. Understanding your needs and preferences will help guide you in discovering which throwing discus is the best for you.

What are the best throwing discus brands?

Throw Labs athletes tend to throw with Nelco, Denfliy, and VS discus product lines. These brands all make products that offer superior performance and offer excellent customer service. Other brands that we recommend include Cantabrian, Gill, Nishi, and OTE. When athletes buy discus online, we advise them to do their research first, and get their hands on the product if possible. This is more than an investment in a piece of throwing equipment, it is an investment in your future success—choose wisely.

How do I choose the right throwing discus weight?

Discus looks pretty simple: pick up a round metal disc, twirl it around a couple of times and then fling it as far as possible. How can you go wrong? Surprisingly easily, especially with weight. To optimize your throws and get the greatest distance, you need to start with the right sized discus. Fortunately, there is a formula for finding the right weight for you. Below is a chart that indicates the right sizes for the right contestants.
Discus Selection Chart

To use this chart, find the line that best represents your throwing range, and then multiply the specified competition weight by the percentage indicated. The number you come up with is the optimal weight of the discus you should be training with.

What are the specified competition weights for throwing discus?

Even though coaches may use different weights, the official competition weights are as follows:
High School Boys throw a 1.6kg discus
NCAA Men throw a 2kg discus
High School Girls throw a 1kg discus
NCAA Women throw a 1kg discus (weight does not change).

What is rim weight on a throwing discus?

Each throwing discus will list a percentage of weight that is in the rim, or rim weight. This is literally the percentage of the entire discus weight that is located in the rim. For example, if you have a 1 kilogram discus with 75% rim weight, that means that the rim itself weighs .75 kilos, and the remaining .25 kilos is in the rest of the discus.

How does the rim weight of a throwing discus affect the throw

If your rim weight is too heavy or too light, you just won’t get an optimal distance. Like a frisbee, a discus needs to spin to fly. Not enough spin and it will hit a certain point and just drop. Plenty of young athletes believe that a heaview rim will give them a greater throwing distance, but if you can’t spin it, there is no real advantage.

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So, is it better to train with a lighter or heavier throwing discus?

The answer is complicated, but in a nutshell: it’s better to train with both lighter and heavier discus than your competition weight. Put very simply, throwing a heavier discus makes your normal throwing discus feel lighter, but throwing a lighter discus helps with a speedy release. However, using a too-heavy discus will cause technique to suffer, while throwing lighter discus helps teach athletes to throw far with clean technique. At Throws Lab, we recognize that every athlete is different, and using a combination gets the best performance out of our athletes. 

Frequently asked questions about ThrowsLab private coaching

How many ThrowsLab private coaching sessions do I need?

It depends on your situation and availability. To start, we recommend five private coaching sessions. The first session is a longer evaluation to evaluate where you stand technically, while offering an overview of the technical progressions to improve quickly. The sessions that follow build from that evaluation to solidify new technique. After the fifth session, we schedule additional private coaching sessions based on the preference of the athlete or parents.

How often should I have a ThrowsLab private coaching session?

In a perfect world, two days a week is an ideal way to reinforce good habits in the Throws. In a less perfect world, get a Throwslab private coaching session as often as your schedule allows, especially if you don’t have a Throws coach.

What are the qualifications of ThrowsLab coaches?

Throwslab has the best coaches in the industry. This is our strength! It is why you regularly see ThrowsLab athletes taking the podium spots from USATF, Junior Olympic, State, Section, and League Championships. All Throwslab coaches have tremendous qualifications, but most importantly, they produce results.

About your Throws coach

Shot Put Throws CoachCoach John Fouts is the owner of ThrowsLab. He is certified by USATF as a level 2 coach, completed level 2 of Arete Throws Nation TCR™ system, and holds an NCACE Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification. He was a two-sport athlete in high school (Football & Track) and played his college football at Santa Clara University and UCLA. In 2011 he became a full-time coach and currently coaches Track at Diablo Valley College.

Over the past 7 years his athletes have won 2 Junior Olympic National Titles, achieved two top 5 finishes at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships, has had 5 podium finishes at state, won 58 discus and shot put titles, broke a 42 year old NCS section record in Discus (205’ 7”), and 9 school records. John currently lives with his wife Carol (Mrs. ThrowsLab) and their children in Clayton.