I went out today, nervous to try the "List" as Kris and I agreed. It went very well to a point but I also got some revelations. From 8'-9'6" things went great. The pole moved really fast and if I didn't jump up and swing my hips to my hands quickly I'd be into the bar instead of going up the pole. By 10' I was really having to work to get there as my starting step was a left foot on 36'. Kris I started at 32' rather than 33' because I was afraid I would have to reach.
What I noticed was that my right Achilles got sore, which it never does. I normally start of with my right foot because I've had two Achilles surgeries on my left. In any case, mental note made.
Where I got into trouble was at 10'6". I moved back a stride and still couldn't get to the box from the prescribed mid. I guess I could have moved back another stride but it seemed I shouldn't have to do that. The bottom line is that I don't have a long stride length anyway, so pushing to get to the box is dangerous. Actually I stopped because I felt one more attempt would strain my groin.
So the lesson learned is that I will forget about the mids, but match up the list grip to the list bar height to assure great pole speed. Turned out I was only gripping about 2" higher than the list anyway so I was glad of that. I can start from 2 lefts if I want as long as my grip matches the list bar height.
Overall it was great to be slamming my swing off of a stiff body at the top of my jump off of the ground. Very rhythmical with great line ups. I got in 13 jumps and most were pretty clean technically. I can build off of this as long as I follow the precautions just listed. I think that's just an age thing. Thanks a ton Kris! Bubba
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