I Hate Steel Handles

Every hammer thrower you meet will be quick to show you the callouses, blisters, and bruises on their left hand. We aren’t looking for sympathy. And even though I’ve written about this topic briefly before, I am not whining either. Since we don’t tend to be the biggest of throwers, it is one way to show that we work just as hard.


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  1. Maynard
    Maynard says:

    You nailed it, it’s the handels. However even before they had those, most of the guys I threw with back in the 80’s couldn’t close their hands either. A couple of good solutions to go with the better handles, and hand care: don’t tape your fingers, instead cut old 10 speed bike tubes and slide them over your fingers and under your glove (Wardhaugh actually taught me this one). Or you can use a piece of thick felt or dense foam 1/4″ – 3/8″ 1cm (usually found in most training rooms)cut to fit under the handel, and in your glove. You have to pick this up after every throw, but it works very well. BTW it took 2 years before I could fully close my left hand, and wera my wedding ring. The good news is that I have no Arthritis in my hand.

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    • Martin
      Martin says:

      I’ll try out the bike tube idea, that’s smart thinking by Simon.

      We have been trying something similar to the thick felt idea. We started off taking thick cardboard and fitting it under the handle, but it would easily wear out and tear. Now we actually cut up the insole of an old shoe. It is soft enough to work, and durable enough to last a long time.

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