This is probably a stupid question, but...
At what points, during the pull-portion of the olympic lifts, should the bar be in contact with the body? I've read that you want the bar to brush your hips as you explode in the 2nd pull, but does that imply/mean that the bar is not in contact with your legs up until that point?
I've been consciously trying to keep the bar in light contact with my body throughout the whole pull movement. However, is this necessary? Is it okay to merely ensure the bar is not drifting significantly away from the body? I feel like a less stringent (than the one I've been using) take on the, "keep the bar as close to your body as possible" philosophy might lead to me being more easily able to increase the speed of my pull...
Any light shed on this matter would be appreciated.