Back when Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd were still funny they put together one of the best Christmas movies of all time: Trading Places. Aykroyd plays Louis Winthorpe III who finds himself homeless and penniless overnight after a life of country clubs. There, his character asks a prostitute for help. She was skeptical until looking at his hands. “Soft hands,” she noticed, “never done a hard day’s work in your life, have you?”
Hammer throwers would never be greeted with the same reaction, but we have our own telling features. You can tell a lot about a person by their hands. Last week a friend’s son audibly gasped when he felt the calluses on my hands. He turned to his father and asked what was wrong with my hand. And that is the least of it. When I worked briefly for the US government they were unable to obtain the requisite fingerprints on my left hand because the callouses were so thick. My ring finger is often swollen to the point that I cannot wear my wedding ring. And making a tight fist is difficult.
But despite these problems my hands rarely affect my throws. This is because I do a lot to make sure it never reaches a level of pain. I maintain the callouses. I use a good handle. And I have a good glove. All help keep the hands in shape, but none more so than a good glove.
For the past few years I have used either a homemade or custom made glove. Both worked well, but I grew frustrated with them recently. Then last week Steve Bartholomew sent me the Dominator Athletics Hammer Glove to try. Made from Scandinavian elk hide, it is extremely durable, flexible and soft. After one training I knew this would be my glove for the year as it is hands down the best glove on the market. It is soft enough to provide a good feel and grip on the hammer, but strong enough to protect the hands. In addition, he has an attachable glove flap that provides even thicker protection for throwing heavier weights.
I quickly convinced Steve to give away a free glove to a HMMR Media reader. You can enter to win either on Twitter or Facebook. Just complete one of the following:
How to Win a Free Dominator Athletics Hammer Glove
- Like both my fan page and Dominator’s if you haven’t already;
- Post a picture of your throwing hand; and
- Make sure your post (a) includes the hash tag #showmeyourhands and (b) tags both my fan page and Dominator’s.
- Follow my Twitter feed if you haven’t already;
- Post a picture of your throwing hand;
- Make sure your post (a) includes the hash tag #showmeyourhands and (b) tag my twitter handle (@bingisser).
The winner will be subjectively decided based on whose hands look like they need a glove the most. Entries must be posted online by Friday May 16th.