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Old 10-07-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default Switching your hook grip in the snatch

I was reading Greg's book and he mentioned about uhooking the grip in the snatch at some point. Where is that point? Is it when you are pushing under the bar? I tried to work on that today and my snatch went to shit so badly that I just stopped rather than get more pissed off than I was. I am sensative about my snatch. Anyone?
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:36 PM   #2
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I have a similar problem. I keep the hook grip throughout the snatch. I focus on switching the grip during drills. I expect I'll eventually break the habit. However, I don't try to fix it when I snatch because I have anticipated having the same problem you are experiencing.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:08 PM   #3
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Do an overhead squat and get down in the bottom, that's the point.
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:43 PM   #4
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sometimes i feel like i crush my thumb between my fingers and the bar in the hook grip. i actually mess up my lifts sometimes because i squeeze tight and the thumb just kills. if you hold your thumb in front of your face, i feel like the bar presses one one side (right or left) and my fingers crush the other side. it feels like it's on the bone, not flesh. this tends to happen more when i stick my thumb under both my middle and index as opposed to just the index. thus i sometimes opt for the index just to avoid pain, but then my grip is not strong enough to adequately support the lift. what's up?
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:19 AM   #5
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If you want to start working on unhooking, I'd say just start with something like a muscle snatch. You'll figure out the "unhook" point pretty quickly on that one.

IIRC Coach Burgener feels that unhooking leads to a better pull under the bar. I think it also wears on one's thumbs less over time.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:49 AM   #6
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Make sure your thumb is around the bar, not just between your palm and the bar.
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