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Old 10-10-2008, 08:16 AM   #10
Robert Takano
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Gripping tightly inhibits the extension of the elbow as evidenced by proper punching technique in which the fist is not clenched until just before contact. Thus, the hook should be released just before pushing oneself under the bar. Beware, however, that this relaxing of the grip may cause the hands to move laterally during the unsupported phase. This is not a problem if you are a large lifter and are taking a collar-to-collar grip, or wish to pull with a narrower grip and catch it in a collar-to-collar. A good athlete could actually use this variation to optimize technique by pulling with a more comfortable, narrower grip and then moving the grip out during the catch to minimize the height at which the bar is supported. I believe the rule allowing this change in hand spacing was instituted in 1984 or '83.
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