The first of the two drills to be learned is called the half turn throw. It is taught to help the thrower learn how to accelerate the shot from the middle of the throw out. The thrower starts with the right foot in the middle of the ring while facing towards the landing area. The throw should initiate by rotating on the ball of the right foot and driving the left foot to the toe board. The upper body should be relaxed and the head should be up. If the left foot does not get to the toe board fast enough, the upper body will catch up and no torque will be achieved. It is important to keep the right foot turning throughout the whole throw so the hip never stops. If the hip stops, the trajectory of the shot will be compromised and the block will not be strong. The finish of the half turn is just like that of a stand throw with the left side blocking and the right side following through.

The South African throw, named after a former South African thrower, is the next drill leading up to the full throw. The South African starts with the thrower's left foot inside the ring and the right foot outside the ring. The upper body and hips should be facing the direction of the throw and the South African, just like every other throw, is initiated with the legs. The thrower starts by pushing off the back of the ring with the left foot in a sprinting, driving motion to the center of the ring. When the right foot lands in the center, the thrower must use the teachings of the half turn and apply it immediately by rotating on the ball of the right foot and driving the left leg to the toe board. If done correctly, the thrower's upper and lower body will be torqued creating a stretch reflex in the finish. To allow a proper finish, the thrower opens up the left side and finishes with the right arm.