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 2011-09-05, 15:27 #1 davieddy     "Lucan" Dec 2006 England 2·3·13·83 Posts Throwing the hammer I know this could just as well be in the "athletics" thread, but I used to wonder how every competitor, after rotating about 7 times, managed to send it in the right direction (safety cage notwithstanding). I've solved this simple puzzle now. Can you? David Last fiddled with by davieddy on 2011-09-05 at 15:30
 2011-09-05, 16:00 #2 BigBrother   Feb 2005 The Netherlands 21810 Posts Endless repetition of that certain movement, like most sports?
2011-09-05, 17:11   #3
davieddy

"Lucan"
Dec 2006
England

2×3×13×83 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by BigBrother Endless repetition of that certain movement, like most sports?
Yes, I know that comes into it, but if you or I were going to
try it after (say) 5 attempts, why might we still get the direction right?

David

2011-09-05, 17:22   #4
BigBrother

Feb 2005
The Netherlands

2×109 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by davieddy Yes, I know that comes into it, but if you or I were going to try it after (say) 5 attempts, why might we still get the direction right? David
The ball/hammer is on its highest point when facing the right direction?

2011-09-05, 18:40   #5
davieddy

"Lucan"
Dec 2006
England

2×3×13×83 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by BigBrother The ball/hammer is on its highest point when facing the right direction?
Nope. Half way up

 2011-09-05, 21:07 #6 Uncwilly 6809 > 6502     """"""""""""""""""" Aug 2003 101×103 Posts 29·349 Posts Counting steps
2011-09-06, 06:40   #7
davieddy

"Lucan"
Dec 2006
England

194A16 Posts
Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Uncwilly Counting steps
Clearly some fancy footwork is necessary, but IMO the
guiding principle is to start the ball orbiting in the appropriate
inclined plane, using the first three rotations with feet stationary.

David

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