Straight Pole Help Please

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Straight Pole Help Please

Unread postby ShaneConnors » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:05 pm

So I am a Junior in highschool vaulting my first year. I have had about 6 practices so far and have cleared 7 feet 6 inches in a meet while straight poling. I looked back at some pictures and I realized my bottom hand is not straight. Is this okay for it to not be completely straight for straight poling? When I start to put my grip back further will It be easier to fix this problem? Any input would be great. Thanks!

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Re: Straight Pole Help Please

Unread postby vault3rb0y » Thu May 29, 2014 7:29 am

Hey Shane,

Check out how Bubka looks when he does stiff pole drills:

What is his bottom arm doing? Right before he leaves the ground, there is a good amount of space between his bottom hand and his chest. This is desirable and allows you to jump up through the pole. But notice that his bottom arm is somewhat straight, then bent, then extended. The point is that it is PERFECTLY OKAY for your bottom arm to bend, and it SHOULD during straight pole drills. Anyone who tells you to lock it out should not be trusted.

Instead, focus on moving both of your hands up and THROUGH the pole when you jump. The pole bends because you jump up in a good position, not because you lock or press your bottom arm.
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Re: Straight Pole Help Please

Unread postby KirkB » Thu May 29, 2014 12:17 pm

vault3rb0y wrote: The pole bends because you jump up in a good position, not because you lock or press your bottom arm.


Also, it's IMPOSSIBLE to vault properly on a straight pole with a straight bottom arm!

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