Please Critique my Vault before State

Post your videos and pictures to be reviewed here. Please read the guidelines first.
PV Newbie
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat May 17, 2014 8:15 pm
Expertise: Current High School Vaulter
Lifetime Best: 15'9"
World Record Holder?: Renaud Lavillenie

Please Critique my Vault before State

Unread postby PowellVault » Sat May 17, 2014 9:23 pm

Hey, I'm a pole vaulter from Nebraska. I just PR'ed at 14'5" to qualify for the State meet in a week. If you guys could please give me some pointers on what I need to work on most to jump better and higher before state meet. It would be very much appreciated.

The pole used in the video:
Length:15' holding at about 14'3
Weight: 175
Flex: Around 17

Link to video:
Better view of top half of 14'5" vault:

PV Whiz
Posts: 206
Joined: Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:24 pm
Expertise: Former HS vaulter - now 55-59YO Masters vaulter, and part-time coach
Lifetime Best: 13'6"
World Record Holder?: Renaud Lavillenie
Favorite Vaulter: Bubka
Location: New Jersey

Re: Please Critique my Vault before State

Unread postby GasPasser » Sun May 18, 2014 9:11 pm

First of all, now is not the time to change much. So I'm only going to offer you one suggestion. The timing of your plant is very good. However, in all of your vaults, you are 6-12 inches under. Your pole is bending before you takeoff foot has left the ground. Ideally, we shouldn't see it bend until you are on your takeoff toe, or even better still, your toe has just left the ground.

There is a chance that even if you move your starting point back 6-12 inches, you'll stride out to still take off where you are in these videos because that's where you are most comfortable. Your brain will adjust without you even knowing it.

Check your take-off point with your pole in the box, as well as on this chart:

Have someone catch your takeoff point on every vault. Try moving your step back 6" initially. If your take off doesn't consistently stay 6" back from where it is in these videos, it's not worthwhile moving it back further. That's a battle best waged after States.

Return to “Pole Vault - Video Review”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests