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Distance rating
Tue May 2, 2017 15:54

Distance rating of javelins as I understand it designates the distance range that the javelin is designed to be thrown. This allows a long thrower to select a higher distance rating (say 75m or 80m) so that his javelin does not turn over too soon in its 70 meter flight. Likewise, the same javelin will probably not legally mark (land flat) if it is only thrown 50 meters... A higher rated javelin does not produce a longer throw by itself. It is best to match throwers with implements that have a distance rating as close to the distance it is likely to be thrown. There are other design factors to consider in selecting javelins such as the stiffness of the shaft and sometimes the shape of the tip. Jeff Gorski has a good Youtube video on this topic and javelin selection in general.

  • javelin rated distances christhesweep, Mon Apr 17 03:44
    Can someone please explain the effect of the rated distance on javelins? FOr example, one of my athletes throws 34m with a 55m rated jav. Would she throw longer with a 40m rated jav or with a 65m... more
    • meter rating on Javelin DOC, Wed May 3 21:09
      The meter rating depicts the softness (versus rigidity) of the implement. In example, a fixed force bow will get more velocity out of a stiff arrow than it will from a bendy arrow. A 35 M is more... more
    • Distance rating coaching4success, Tue May 2 15:54
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