Steve Hooker's New Swing

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Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby Andy_C » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:17 pm

Hi All,

Not many people have had the chance to see Hooker yet this year but I was fortunate enough to get some decent videos of him at the Sydney Track Classic. I saw some very interesting developments in Hooker's technique at the meet that I thought everybody would be interested in here!

At first, I was thinking I would just keep quiet and wait for people to discover it here themselves. But I got an email from a friend suggesting I put it up to "liven things up" a bit around here!

I won't say much, I'll just post some relevant media. First, just to remind everybody what Hooker's technique looked like in 2008 and 2009, here are some still shots from videos.

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As you all can see, both legs down at the cord of the pole. [Continued in the next post...]
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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby Andy_C » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:22 pm

Now here are some screencaps from the videos at the Sydney Track Classic 2010 that Bubba was kind enough to put on youtube. Images are at/around the cord of the pole - I'm sure people will notice something is different!

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Hooker Sydney 2010 - 2.jpg
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Hooker Sydney 2010 - 3.jpg
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;)

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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:58 pm

Can someone post a link to the actual videos?

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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby Andy_C » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:24 pm

All the videos are from Bubba's tread:

viewtopic.php?f=31&t=19286


direct video links are here:

Make at 5.91m - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_z69rjLUOY
Miss at 6.01m - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI4Vd8_1NuQ

Here's a 5.70m jump from Steve
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCw2JMVXgyw

And 5.60m
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvf1GET5ASQ

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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby LHSvaulter » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:28 pm

I thought I was the only one that noticed that! It will be interesting to see how this change affects throughout the course of the Diamond League.

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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby powerplant42 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:39 pm

VERY intriguing... I guess they've had the time to work on it now...?
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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby KirkB » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:02 am

From "What's a Petrover?" ... http://www.polevaultpower.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=19339

altius wrote:" but in Hooker's case, do you really think he'd be better off by keeping that knee up?" Yes indeed - but who am I to disagree with a guy who has coached two different world champions?

Altius, you're looking pretty clever right about now! :D

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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby rainbowgirl28 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:35 am

KirkB wrote:From "What's a Petrover?" ... http://www.polevaultpower.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=19339

altius wrote:" but in Hooker's case, do you really think he'd be better off by keeping that knee up?" Yes indeed - but who am I to disagree with a guy who has coached two different world champions?

Altius, you're looking pretty clever right about now! :D

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Well, he'll look more clever when Hooker jumps 6.07+ with the new style ;)

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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby golfdane » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:04 am

Is it me, or are the standards (at the 5.91 and the 6.01 attempt) set close to or at zero (the bar seems to be offset by something like 30 cm to the standards by some sort of angled support)?

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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby Andy_C » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:12 am

golfdane wrote:Is it me, or are the standards (at the 5.91 and the 6.01 attempt) set close to or at zero (the bar seems to be offset by something like 30 cm to the standards by some sort of angled support)?


Yeah there is an angled support. My guess is that the standards are at like 50-60 or something based on their positioning relative to the standards pads - I jump on those mats like every week.
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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby altius » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:34 am

"Is it me, or are the standards (at the 5.91 and the 6.01 attempt) set close to or at zero". Oh ye of little faith!! Would any elite athlete have the stands inside 50??????
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Re: Steve Hooker's New Swing

Unread postby golfdane » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:46 am

altius wrote:"Is it me, or are the standards (at the 5.91 and the 6.01 attempt) set close to or at zero". Oh ye of little faith!! Would any elite athlete have the stands inside 50??????


That's why I'm puzzled :D . The standards seems to be set at the white stripe on the left side front bun (it should indicate the back of the box, and based on the raised pole, it seems to be), but I can't give an accurate estimate as to how deep the angled support is. On his 5,71, do the standards seem to be at +30 (+what the angled support yields).

5.70m (3rd attempt):
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Standards seems to be at 30 something (+the angled support on top).

5.90m (2nd attempt):
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Standards seems to be very close to zero line (+the angled support).
The 6.01m attempt looks very similar.

Most likely, the angled support has an offset of something like 50 cm (putting it a bit out of harms way). The pads around the standards at the bottom indicate, that the standards can't go deeper than what it is at the 5.70 attempt, making me guess the angled support must be deeper than what I thought....


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