ADTF Academy wrote: ... To perform these topics and actions on a 14' pole is not hard, even a 15' pole. Doing them carrying over 9.4 m/s with a grip over 5 meters takes more than just theory it takes balls!!!!!!!
I will add a new topic to this broad discussion: Are top athletes today mentally strong enough to hand this technique? When you feel very little support on the bottom hand I'm sorry there needs to be a lot of trust (generic word being used) or stupidity. Can we say Hooker or Walker had/have trust? Walker going for it landed in the box and Hooker WR attempt at the WC came about 5 inches from landing in the box. These two are the most recent who had that mental ability to just go for it. I don't see many others out there who are even mentally strong enough to give the model a shot gripping over 5 meters. Can you name any?
... Without the grip you're never really going for the WR IMO. ...
ADTF, you bring up excellent points ... as usual. However, I want to temper your comments by cautioning any ASPIRING elites that there's no shortcuts to glory ... or WRs! This boils down to 3 main points ...
1. A high grip is necessary for a WR, but it should NOT be your focus on your journey to a WR.
2. The stiffest pole in your bag is probably necessary for a WR, but it should NOT be your focus on your journey to a WR.
3. It does take balls to vault high, but it should NOT be your focus on your journey to a WR.
To break this down for aspiring elites, let's say you're 14 years old, and you have a 10-year plan to vault high. Maybe 'vault high' to you means break the WR, or maybe it means jump 5.80+, or maybe even 5.50+ or 5.00+. Regardless, my point is the same. If you want to vault your HIGHEST ... you need 10 years to do it ... or thereabouts. So you need to SURVIVE as a vaulter for 10 years. If you incur a career-ending injury before Year 10 then you're not fulfilling your 10-year plan. You're not going to ever be "the best you can be".
How do you survive for 10 years? Stay healthy! Keep your grip down until you learn PROPER technique, keep your standards at (or near) 80, and don't do "ballsy" things ... like trying to jump on a pole that's too stiff for you. I'm not going to say NEVER move your standards in to 60 or 40, but if you do, ask yourself (or your coach) WHY. Better yet, ask yourself (or your coach) what the alternatives are. Yes ... to break the WR you need a high grip on a stiff pole with the standards at less than 80 ... but what about all the jumps on your journey to your WR-breaking jump? To jump 5.00, do you REALLY need to pull out all the stops and "just go for it"? Is that 5.00 jump really worth the risk ... relative to your 10-year plan? Think about it.
Aspiring vaulters: Be careful not to confuse mental toughness with foolishness.
Yes ... you need balls to vault high ... but even Hooker and Walker could make a mental mistake by choosing a pole that's too stiff or a grip that's too high ... and there goes the WR until they get healthy again. To win the race, you need to be healthy enough to cross the finish line!