The fingers go just barely over the edge of the discus. It should be held in such a manner, that if you turn your hand upside down, the discus will fall out. The centrifugal force during the rotation will keep the implement in your had. When it comes out of the hand, it comes from the front, not the rear. It is "squeezed" out by the pressure from your last two finders. Practice this motion by rolling the discus in a straight line on the grass.
PROPER FOOT ALIGNMENT FOR A STANDING THROW
The heel of the rear foot should be aligned with the toe of the front foot.
SEQUENTIAL PICTURES OF A STANDING THROW (AFTER YOU LEARN THE STANDING THROW, THEN YOU START TO LEARN TO ROTATE OR "SPIN")
As the rotation to the rear begins in the upper body, the weight begins to shift to the rear foot.
As the discus goes back, it goes lower and the weight shifts more to the rear foot.
As the rotation goes to the maximum rearward, the weight has shifted totally to the rear foot. There is a straight alignment from the front foot to the head. The discus is now at it's highest point until release.
As the rotation comes forward, the lead arm starts to come back into the chest while the head is held high. The hip rotation leads the discus rotation. the weight is gradually shifted from the rear to the front foot.
With the hips still leading and the head being held high, the discus goes from low to high as the arm collapses to the chest. It is important to block at the end of the throw--the hand/arm should be pointing in the direction that you want the discus to travel. Don't get into the habit of fouling by going out of the ring at the end of the practice throw--if you do, it will carry over to your throws in a meet. After the discus has left your hand, continue the rotation so that you end up facing the rear of the ring.
Link to "LEARNING THE SPIN" page with info & pictures NEW: AUG 26, 2001