When I was first shown how to do a clean I was taught to grip the bar a thumbs width away from the little marks on the bar.
I have long arms and short torso so when standing upright with the bar hanging it’s quite low down on my thighs. I notice with most people it’s closer to the hip crease.
Surely this must have an impact on the mechanics of the clean? Should I adjust grip width to get the bar into a better position or are there other factors that make that specific grip width important?[/quote]
Just find a width that is comfortable for you. The wider you grip the more torque it will be on your elbows and wrists.
It will affect the contact point on your thighs but for the Cn it’s much less important as you really don’t need the bar to be high to get under it properly.
Don’t bend your arms to artificially bring the bar higher up to you. It’s pointless and you it’ll be much harder to do this when you have a lot of weight on the bar. Just keep your arms straight and contact wherever you make contact.
Only American lifters make a big deal out of this for short comings in technique IMO. Excessive bending of the arms to make a higher contact point is useless. 85-90% of lifters do not do this at Euros or Worlds.