If You Want Proof – Watch Javelin Training

javelinIf you want clear and convincing proof that the golf swing, any swing in fact, is powered not by the arms but the legs and hips, just watch this javelin training clip.

When I did, I saw something even I’ve never noticed before (not that I sat around watching javelin throwers, I was always on the track when I competed, no field except for high and long jump).

You’ll see that the whole engine driving the javelin throw is actually in the hips and legs. I don’t have much to say about this as it clearly shows what I’ve been saying for some time now.

If you want to learn how to swing powerfully and with speed, you’re going to have to use the body as the engine that powers the arms and hands.

You don’t move the hands and arms, you move the hips and legs to move the arms and hands.

This is the basic difference between the Classic Golf Swing principles of old (using the hips & legs to swing the golf club) versus the Modern Golf Swing method of twisting the lower back to turn the shoulders against a resisting lower body.

In any other sport, you’ll see Classic Golf Swing principles in action.

The hips and lower body lead, the rest of the body follows.  Except with the golf swing, it’s a below-the shoulders swing and not above throwing.  Same principles, all day long.

Doesn’t get much clearer than that!

10 thoughts on “If You Want Proof – Watch Javelin Training

  1. jmwald

    I have been up close and personal with elite Javelin throwers and you can sense the immense power that they generate as they deliver the Jav “through the point”. Good analogy to the golf swing and as you note to all swings in this post. My only reservation here is giving the hips and legs too much credit for producing the speed in the swing and of the swinging clubhead.

    As we know the majority of the clubs acceleration from 50mph to 100, 120, or even 150mph is produced by the stretch reflex and subsequent firing of the right forearm at waist high on the downswing…I believe the hips legs deliver the power package to that waist high position intact and hopefully on the correct swing angle…and if they can deliver “the goods” at 75mph instead of at 50 mph…then so much the better.

    1. jmwald

      There is also some slack in all of those jav training exercises…i.e. the hips fire and the shoulders and arms stay back…that is definitely not the case in the real throw or the real golf swing….thepectorals and delts of the right arm contract and take up any slack in the system so that the power accumulaters are transported powerfully and with great speed far in excess of the speed of angular rotation of the hips…ok, enough kinesiology and bloviating!!!

      1. DJ Watts Post author

        That could be the mental block you need to break through, jmwald! I watch this clip, and all I see a variation of the kinetic sequence. It’s in everything.

        If you told a javelin thrower to make the same move but underhanded, you’d get the same mechanical action in a different look.

        No two actions will ever look alike, as the sports require different releases – from a running start, when the ball is moving – any number of things will make the same action look different.

        I will tell you this. When I saw this clip, I nearly swallowed my tongue. I feel as if anyone who wants to know how to power the golf swing only has to watch this clip and render me irrelevant.

        But I guess that’s not actually the case 😉

    2. Seb

      Hey Joel,
      I don’t think DJ is saying that the legs and hips produce the speed. What he is saying is that they are the large cog in the engine which starts the kinetic chain reaction culminating in the javelin throw or in our case the hand snap at the bottom of the golf swing.
      Much the same thing happens in Martial Arts. When I throw a punch my hips start the motion and the rest of my body reacts to the motion of the hips snapping the arm and hand through the target. I’ve seen someone injure themselves by trying to punch hard from the shoulder, it doesn’t work because the hips are the engine.

    3. Chief Cowpie

      Joel, saw you commented on the Carl Wolter video 8 months ago. Carl is from the Lehighton, Pa which is the next town over from mine, Palmerton, PA where I grew up although he is after my time living there. He was as well a standout athlete in high school excelling in football, basket and track although it appears he focused on the javelin in college. There was a gym teacher in Palmerton, Barbara Wolter that my younger sister had who may be possibly related. The name itself is Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutsh, German descent) who traditionally are an industrious hearty stock of farmers in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. He certainly looks quite hardy.

      1. jmwald

        Hey Chief…Met Carl through our mutual friend Ben Witter…himself a national collegiate long drive champion and world champion trick shot artist. I suffered the ignominy of hitting little 280 yard floaters while Ben was hitting it 350+ and Carl 400+…both great guys and both uttered great shot when I caught one that went a puny 300…lol…Oh well, I can bench press way more than either of them can…haha

  2. Chief Cowpie

    2 time Re-Max Long drive Champion Carl Wolter competed in the javelin in college while at Penn State.

  3. KB

    Hey DJ, thanks for posting this clip. I’m with you, it’s stunning. As you said, everything is there.

    That hip bump they are practicing over and over is everything in the golf swing. Why the PGA doesn’t get this, I don’t know. The PGA model is attempting to throw the javelin without the bump, which is just stupid.

    The coaches in the video clearly understand how to produce power, and the extent to which they are practicing that move shows how important they feel it is.

    Golfers should practice this move time and again before ever hitting a ball. It’s almost all you need.


    1. DJ Watts Post author

      I can’t disagree with anything you’ve said, KB – and I got your email, we’ll be talking about this in the future, for sure! Cheers,


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