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by Tim McMichael
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Petrov Drill Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 2060

Re: Petrov Drill Questions

I'm pretty sure the purpose of these drills is to promote a tall, balanced takeoff and staying behind the pole through the swing. Any drill that accomplishes those goals is golden. I especially like the second one. If the pole is falling into the box and the hands are above the shoulders when the le...
by Tim McMichael
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Bottom Arm Technique -*Help Needed*
Replies: 9
Views: 15842

Re: Bottom Arm Technique -*Help Needed*

Absolutely. Feel free to repost it. I am more confident that I'm on the right track than I was a few years ago.
by Tim McMichael
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Bottom Arm Technique -*Help Needed*
Replies: 9
Views: 15842

Re: Bottom Arm Technique -*Help Needed*

The action of the arms is one of the most controversial subjects in the sport. There is a lot of disagreement even among elite coaches. If you ask this question of any five established valuters or coaches, you will likely get five different answers. I really think I have a good idea now of what the ...
by Tim McMichael
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: Bottom Arm Technique -*Help Needed*
Replies: 9
Views: 15842

Re: Bottom Arm Technique -*Help Needed*

You don't need to block out with the bottom arm. It can do far more harm than good, and doing it properly is really difficult to learn. My advice is to leave it alone and work on being taller at takeoff.
by Tim McMichael
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Pole Vault - General
Topic: college freshman need help asap!!!!!!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 7008

Re: college freshman need help asap!!!!!!!!

I realize this may be too late to help, but I wanted you to know that I have been through the same kind of thing. After my worst injury, it took me a year to run full speed again, mostly because of a mental block. I don't know any answer except time and a determination to not give up. If I could get...
by Tim McMichael
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - General
Topic: Banksy
Replies: 0
Views: 1778

Banksy

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I wish the technique was better.

http://thefoxisblack.com/2012/07/23/ban ... -olympics/
by Tim McMichael
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Pole Vault - General
Topic: You Might be a Redneck Pole Vaulter
Replies: 232
Views: 175194

Re: You Might be a Redneck Pole Vaulter

If you've ever ended a practice during a tornado watch by yelling,"Get in the truck boys; we gotta haul a**!"
by Tim McMichael
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 148816

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

Fiberglass is also so much more forgiving if you're out or under; whereas I wouldn't want to be out or under with steel (or there goes your shoulder). Without a doubt. Coach Martin used to tell me that the vast majority of the early fiberglass vaulters were nowhere near as skilled as the best of th...
by Tim McMichael
Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 148816

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

Agreed. But it would also have been counter-productive to leave their lead knee up, because their poles didn't sink/bend to give them the time and space to invert with a shorter chord. Agree? The length of the chord for a fiberglass vaulter isn't much different from maximum grip for a stiff pole va...
by Tim McMichael
Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 148816

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

I reasoned it out this way. I know that if you hang 45 pound plate from a foot long rope attached to the top of a 16' pole and then raise the pole to vertical with the end anchored in the box, it will take a lot of force to do this. If you take that same weight and hang it from a four foot rope, it ...
by Tim McMichael
Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 148816

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

It's too late for me to think well, but let me just say this for now. A fast swing adds energy to the vault. That's indisputable. Keeping the COM low and back also adds energy to the vault. The focus of Petrov's method is on a fast swing. The focus of a drive vault is on the low COM. Both methods ha...
by Tim McMichael
Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 148816

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

I can't stay out of this debate. It has always been my understanding that the longer and further from the chord of the pole a vaulter can keep their COM, the higher they will go. The reason all very small vaulters have done this is because we have to. It's the only way we can compete. You can see th...

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