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David Turner - Head Javelin Coach at Loughborough University

Choosing a New Javelin: Advice for Athletes

Choosing a new javelin can be mind-boggling...  

What do javelin distance and flex ratings mean? What is the difference between tailwind and headwind? What is the best javelin brand? And most important of all, how do you know which is best for you, now, at your stage of throwing?

Which javelin is best for you?

If you are unsure of which javelin to choose, take these steps:

  1. Have a look at our 'How To Choose A Javelin' video to see if the information you are looking for is already there.
  2. Speak to your coach, as they will know your throwing style best.
  3. See if a friend has a different implement that they would let you try.

Still unsure on which javelin to choose?

    If you would like further advice on which implement would best suit your throwing style, Neuff has a partnership with David Turner, who is a top UK coach at Loughborough University. As part of David's partnership with us, he is available for free advice on which javelins are best suited for your needs after reviewing your current throwing capabilities.

    Finding your next javelin

    If you still need help on which javelin to choose and think you would benefit from further advice from David, please follow the below steps to the best of your ability.

    • Take a couple of videos of you throwing your current implement from different angles
    • Take a photo of you holding your current implement
    • Tell us:
      • how far you currently throw and which implement you are using
      • what you are trying to get out of your throwing
      • how long you have been throwing for
    • Post your video and comments to Instagram or Facebook, tagging #advicepleasecoach @neuffathletic and @loughborough_throws
    • Or, email your videos to

      Who is David Turner?

      David Turner - Head Throws coach at Loughborough University

      David is Head Throws Coach at Loughborough University with a specialism in the Javelin Throw. He coaches Neuff blogger and 3x British Champion Bekah Walton. Furthermore, he is the England event lead for the javelin throw as well as the Great Britain Team Coach. David is also expert in Safeguarding in sport, coaching, athlete welfare and youth development. 

      David coordinates the throws coaching and support services for throws at Loughborough university, so is a great person to know for any throws athletes interested in studying at Loughborough. 


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