Turned Iron Shots By Gill Athletics
What Shot Put Is Right For My Athlete?Why do coaches feel turned iron is superior to other shots manufactured of other materials such as brass and steel? What is the difference between turned iron and cast iron? When it comes to selecting the right shot for your athlete or program, it is important to weigh the options you have to choose from.
Shots made from cast iron can't be used on gravel or stone, and they will chip and pit away over time. The pits will eventually rust and your hands and neck will take a toll when throwing an old, rust, pitted cast-iron shot. On the other end of the spectrum are brass and stainless steel which are durable and long-lasting, however, most experienced athletes feel that they are too smooth to actually get a good grip Chalk doesn’t stick to them and the smallest amount of moisture can cause slipping.
The majority of coaches and athletes sing the praises of turned iron shots and will tell anyone who will listen about their superiority over stainless steel, cast iron, or brass. Turned iron is harder than cast and yet has a similar textured surface that naturally channels moisture away from your hand and neck. It also holds chalk just as well.
The only material to rival turned iron when it comes to shots would be turned steel. The covers are harder than turned iron and have a longer useable lifetime.
Available Weights and Diameters:
- 4K (8.8 lb) - 100mm
- 4K (8.8 lb) - 104mm
- 4K (8.8 lb) - 108mm
- 12 lb - 108mm
- 12 lb - 115mm
- 16 lb - 120mm
- 16 lb - 125mm
- 16 lb - 128mm
What Shot Put Is Right For My Athlete?
- Special Olympics: 3lbs
- Boys Up To 12 Years Old: 6lbs
- Women youth through junior high: 6lbs
- Boys Age 13 And 14 Years Old: 8lbs
- Women's High School: 8lbs
- Women 50+: 8lbs
- Men's High School:12lbs
- Men Between The Ages of 50 and 59:13lbs
- Men's College:16lbs
- Men Up To 49: 16lbs
The Story Behind Gill AthleticsHarry Gill, an unknown athlete, became an overnight sensation when he won the American All-Around Championship in 1900. Impressively, this was Gill’s first-ever All-Around competition and his competitors became spectators as his performance led to a record-setting score. Gill collected many medals and set world-class marks in 5 events, but more importantly, he acquired invaluable insight that fueled his next endeavor.
In 1904, Gill began his legendary coaching career at the University of Illinois. There he established a coaching career so successful it was without equal and his reputation in the track and field world was unimpeachable. Gill authored the book, Track and Field Athletics: For Coach and Contestant that for years served as the sport's standard coaching manual. In this book, he wrote “a great deal of care should be taken in selecting the equipment used by track and field athletes. Their performance depends on the implements they have in which and with which to compete - and good equipment helps considerably in making the best performances.”
Unsatisfied with the quality of track equipment available, it was in 1918 that he crafted the first piece of his own track equipment, the ash javelin. In four short years, the company bearing his name was the first to manufacture a complete line of track and field equipment. The most enduring of all of Gill’s accomplishments is his line of track and field equipment. Gill’s company is responsible for a long list of innovative equipment that has been instrumental in elevating the sport and performance of track athletes worldwide.
100 years later Gill has never wavered from Coach Gill’s vision and considers it a great honor to be stewards of his legacy.