View Full Version : "Old School" Grab Start

Allen Stark
March 10th, 2012, 02:02 PM
When I first learned the grab start (in the late 60s I think) we were taught to pull down with our arms at the gun(it was a gun then,not a beep.)Later,I think as a result of what people were doing with their arms in the track start, I was taught to push back with my arms.The idea of pulling down at the start was explained as a way to quickly lower the center of gravity and get in to a more powerful jumping position.My start seems to have been getting slower for some time so I decided to try going back to the old pull down start.For me,it was much faster and I felt more spring off the block.Try it and see for yourself,YMMV.

March 10th, 2012, 04:14 PM
Haha! Today someone told me to just dive off the deck! I guess I was looking bad.

March 10th, 2012, 06:33 PM
That is how I still coach it! O K with my bad rt. hip I only have one strong leg , so I use both to push off.

March 10th, 2012, 09:50 PM
At a start clinic last year, another thought shared related to the grab start is to pick up your toes, which helps to start the fall forward. Anyone tried that?