Although the rotational style appeared almost sixty years ago, it started establishing itself as a legitimate way of putting the shot in the early 70's when national and world records were set employing this technique. The two most prominent proponents of the early era of the rotational style were Brian Oldfield of the U.S. and Alexandr Baryshnikov of what used to be the Soviet Union. It is currently the dominant style of throwing among American male shot-putters while it is rapidly gaining ground across both sexes in both domestic and international shot-putters. Albeit its increasing popularity, the rotational style of putting the shot has not completely dominated the technique of that event. Some coaches and athletes may be proficient and favor one style over the other while others may be apt towards either style. In this narrative, an overview of the various aspects of those two techniques is presented in a comparative fashion in an effort to elucidate some known similarities and differences between the two.
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Maheras, A. (2017). Rotational vs. Glide Revisited. Techniques for Track and Field & Cross Country, 10 (3), 19-28.