The turbo javelin, first marketed under the name TurboJav, is the creation of Tom Petranoff, two-time world-record holder in the javelin. As a training aid, the turbo javelin is used at all levels to teach the correct throwing mechanics required by many throwing sports such as baseball, football and the javelin throw. Its light and durable design makes learning to throw safe and easy for young children, and advanced athletes can work on perfecting their technique and accuracy.
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Turbo Javelin Details
Turbo javelins are made of polyethylene/plastic material. The more commonly used models weigh between about 11 and 21 ounces and are between 27 and 44 inches long. Longer, 6-foot, 21- to 28-ounce models have been added to the line and are designed for experienced throwers who are training for competition. The javelins are made of three sections that are screwed together -- the nose, shaft and tail or fin. If one section becomes damaged, you can easily unscrew and replace that section. The design of the nose and fin make them just as aerodynamic as a regular javelin. For safety reasons, the nose is soft, which allows you throw the javelin in gyms without damaging or marking the floor.
Start from a standing position -- feet shoulder-width apart with your hips and shoulders square to your target. Hold the javelin with your fingers wrapped around the ridges at the back of the grip. With your elbow slightly bent, hold the javelin near your head with the tip pointing toward your target and the shaft parallel to the ground. Extend your opposite arm, point it toward your target and hold it parallel to the ground. As you begin the throwing motion, lean back slightly from your waist and extend your throwing arm backward. Keep the shaft parallel to the ground and then quickly pull your opposite arm down toward your rib cage to initiate the forward acceleration of your throwing arm. Be sure you are throwing the javelin over your shoulder and not to the side. Maintain your arm acceleration and momentum until after you release the javelin.
Practice with Games
Stand 30 to 50 feet away from a garbage can and practice throwing against one or more competitors. Players are awarded three points if the javelin hits the can and five points if it goes into the can. The first player to accumulate a predetermined number of points wins the game. Hang a hula hoop from a tree and try to throw the javelin through the hoop. Players win a point for every time the javelin goes through the hoop. The first player to win a predetermined number of points wins the game. Start off close and build up to longer distances.
Safety and Maintenance Tips
Avoid throwing the javelin directly at another person. Before you throw your javelin, be sure the throwing area is clear of people and pets. Never turn your back to someone throwing the javelin and don't try to catch a thrown javelin. The turbo javelin is designed to be thrown on soft surfaces such as grass or sand; throwing it on hard surfaces, such as parking lots, can damage and scratch the javelin. To clean your javelin, use a mild detergent with warm water.