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Is it common to put all your weight against a raised oche?
I use a raised oche at home for practice...it's just a simple board that's taped securely to the garage floor that gives me a reference line. It just makes it easier since I don't have to stare down at my feet to make sure I'm behind the line.

One thing I try not to do is put any body weight against the oche. The board is secure so it could easily be done....but since none of the pubs have raised oches, I don't want to get in the habit during practice and potentially affect my throw in league matches.

You can definitely get closer to the board if you angle your foot/put your weight against a raised oche.



I noticed Barney's front food is actually angled against the raised oche...he wouldn't be able to repeat that same stance on a flat surface.

Guess this is the first time I noticed it...even the announcers made a surprised comment when this camera angle was shown during the match. They made a comment how his ankle is almost in front of the oche line (and his ankle is resting on the corner of the oche) and his body weight is over the line. Seems uncomfortable.  

Is this common for a lot pros that play most of their games on a raised oche?


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It doesn't seem like a good idea, like you say, for consistency's sake. Not likely to be a problem for me; I've never even seen a raised oche except on TV.
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Do they ever play without a raised oche?
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Do floor tournaments always have raised oches?

The point of a raised oche is for easy identification of the throwing distance...and make it easy to keep players behind the throwing line.

Just curious if there is anything in the rules that mentions using the oche as an advantage to put all of your bodyweight against it to get closer.

Guess the picture just surprised me a bit to see his ankle over the line...that can't be comfortable.
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(02-25-2015, 01:24 AM)Regulatori Wrote: Do floor tournaments always have raised oches?

The point of a raised oche is for easy identification of the throwing distance...and make it easy to keep players behind the throwing line.

Just curious if there is anything in the rules that mentions using the oche as an advantage to put all of your bodyweight against it to get closer.

Guess the picture just surprised me a bit to see his ankle over the line...that can't be comfortable.

Yeah, most floor tourney's have a raised oche.

Gary Anderson smashes hit toes up against the oche so his toes point upwards. Almost the same thing as Barney except Gary's foot is more forward.
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I don't lean against raised oches at all just make sure my foot is in tight against it.
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(02-25-2015, 03:01 AM)Cyanide Wrote: Gary Anderson smashes hit toes up against the oche so his toes point upwards. Almost the same thing as Barney except Gary's foot is more forward.

In the league I play in all of the clubs have raised oches and I kind of adopt this approach. I don't have a raised oche at home though were I do all my practice, but not really sure that it matters for the stance that I have. For someone like Barney, that looks likes he relies on the raised oche, I would say that not having one would affect him. I've never seen a pro match that hasn't had a raised oche however
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It's the Bristow/BobbyG way but it isn't really advisable. In fact Bobby advises against people copying him in this aspect on a BBC bit.
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the way some of the Pros press their feet against the Oche looks very uncomfortable to me, I know I would end up with some kind of ache in my foot or toes doing what they do, it needs to be flat for me really.
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Here's Gary with his foot folded in 1/2 on the oche...

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That's crazy about Anderson. That's got to absolutely destroy/crease a decent pair of leather shoes.

Yeah, I agree with Getagrip on this one...seems like some of these front feet positions can't be good on your joints for extended periods.
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