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by Tim McMichael
Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Intermediate Technique
Topic: How the bottom arm should be used
Replies: 3
Views: 7082

Re: How the bottom arm should be used

Yes. Yes. Yes. Let's dig into this from the perspective of, "how do we fix this." Crucial topic.
by Tim McMichael
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Intermediate Technique
Topic: The One-Arm Drill
Replies: 6
Views: 7895

Re: The One-Arm Drill

I'm not a big fan of one arm drills. The left wrist staying above the left elbow throughout the approach and takeoff is so important that I want it to be a part of pretty much every drill.
by Tim McMichael
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 186577

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

Absolutely! I would buy it in a heartbeat.
by Tim McMichael
Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Beginning Technique
Topic: A minimalist approach to developing pole vaulters
Replies: 18
Views: 36179

Re: A minimalist approach to developing pole vaulters

Beautiful, Alan, exactly what I think a beginner should look like. And I absolutely agree that rockback drills on the pole are pretty useless. I don't mean that as a pejorative; I really never use them. I find that if the approach and takeoff are emphasized, the swing develops along with them. If, h...
by Tim McMichael
Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Intermediate Technique
Topic: Butt in the Bucket
Replies: 7
Views: 8929

Re: Butt in the Bucket

Don't lose heart. What I am seeing is a very young vault. But it does show a lot of promise. I second the responses that advise you to be taller with the top arm more fully extended at the plant. In the vault, problems with one phase are almost always caused by things that have happened much earlier...
by Tim McMichael
Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:06 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 186577

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

Thank you so much for this excellent work, PVstudent. It is very much appreciated.
by Tim McMichael
Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:02 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: howtopolevault.com
Replies: 24
Views: 48543

Re: howtopolevault.com

Watching the videos, which appear to be from '90 or so then there's a gap to 2014. Did this guy just get out of prison? Watch this one for the text at 1:40 to have your mind blown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCovLFUpHIs I don't want to beat this dead horse much more, but I had to comment on thi...
by Tim McMichael
Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: howtopolevault.com
Replies: 24
Views: 48543

Re: howtopolevault.com

"As it always has been and as it always will be." Did you mean -"Always SHOULD be" - Tim? I was thinking more about the theory than the application of it, but yes. When there are people out there arguing for a takeoff two or more feet outside then "should" is definitel...
by Tim McMichael
Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 186577

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

let's say a figure skater released a hammer in the middle of their spin. (I would pay to see that.) Nothing would be gained by shortening the radius. The spin would speed up, but no additional power would be generated. The hammer would leave their hands with the same force whether they were spinnin...
by Tim McMichael
Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: howtopolevault.com
Replies: 24
Views: 48543

Re: howtopolevault.com

They are thinking only in terms of vertical, not horizontal. If a vaulter takes off outside far enough to be two feet off the ground at pole strike, they will have a lot more ground to cover to make the pit and they will be decelerating as the pole begins to load. This is why no world class vaulters...
by Tim McMichael
Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Equipment
Topic: Congratulations ESSX
Replies: 3
Views: 5514

Congratulations ESSX

As far as I know, that's the first open National Championship in a long time on a pole made by someone besides Gill or UCS. Well done ESSX and Bruce Caldwell who have worked so hard to produce a truly world class pole.
by Tim McMichael
Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Pole Vault - Advanced Technique
Topic: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record
Replies: 238
Views: 186577

Re: GRV: Lavillenie - From Stall Swing to World Record

Tucking from a long and powerful swing does not rob the vault of energy. TIM IS THAT A FACT OR AN OPINION? WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS CLARIFIED IN TERMS OF THE BIOMECHANICS The law of conservation of angular momentum still applies. Gong from long to short speeds up the rotation but does not diminish th...

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