I hope this idea doesn’t come across as being too wussy. Likewise being long limbed, I was also lifting the bar with my back first before being able to take over the lift with the legs. “If only I could get the line of bar travel closer to my hips, like dragging the bar up my shins…”, I thought. But doing so causes nasty, bloody, scrapes up the shins from the knurling on the bar (I know, I know…puritans out there will be disgusted…). So, I made a sleeve from a length of thin rubber pipe insulation that slips over the middle section of the bar, covered it with cloth glued to the rubber, and secured it closed with a velcro strip that keeps the tube around the bar. It’s like a neck cushion-thing for doing squats, but much thinner and much wider. Now, the cushioned tube rolls around the bar, and I can drag the bar up and down the legs, focussing just on keeping the legs and back working as one. My lifts are steadily getting stronger, without hurting my back.