Putting the Stone at a Scottish Highland Games
The name "Putting the Stone" came about because way back when those "putting the stone" literally did that. They picked up a stone and heaved it as far as they could with one hand. As with many Highland events the weight of the stone varied from venue to venue. These days the stone is an iron ball weighing 16 pounds or 22 pounds. The shot putter heaves the iron ball as far as they can using one hand starting with the ball firmly planted near their chin. The thrower can run a maximum of 7 feet 6 inches before reaching the "trig" (a board marking the place from which the shot must be put).

Putting the Stone at a Scottish Highland Games