I have a borderline sexual attraction my texas deadlift bar. It’s well built, strong, amazing knurling and good whip, with a small enough diameter to really get your hands around. I have heard that people like the okie deadlift bar even more, as it is apparently whippier with even sharper knurling, but I have never used one to compare.
I find the benefit of using a deadlift bar in training is that is spares my lower back. By having a whippy bar, it means that I break the weight off the floor at a slightly higher elevation that I would with a stiffer bar, which reduces ROM and strain on my lower back. This in turn means I can hammer the deadlift harder and more frequently (especially when you factor in that I use ROM progression). Additionally, when I AM forced to pull with a stiffer bar in competition, it actually feels like I get better leg drive, since now my hips are lower at the start of the pull compared to in training.
Basically, I observe nothing but positives training with a deadlift bar, even if I compete without one. However, your mileage may very, and other trainees have reported opposite findings.[/quote]
Thanks for this response. Have you ever tried sumo style with the TDL bar? I wonder what impact the extra whip would have off the floor (given that sumos are harder off the floor)?[/quote]
I have not pulled a sumo deadlift since 2005, haha. Sorry, no data on it. If your goal is to pull exclusively sumo, elitefts sell a sumo deadlift bar. Apparently, it’s a texas deadlift bar with the extra knurling filed off to make it slide up even easier.
Hi! Sumo Puller here!
The texas DL bar works just fine for sumo. You still want to be able to pull the slack out of the bar giving it that nice pre bend and the TDL works just great for that. I don’t personally have any issues with the knurling on my shins, whether that’s just from being used to it or wearing tall socks I don’t know.
I honestly don’t do any form of DL other than RDL and rack pulls with anything but the deadlift bar. Block pulls, deficit, conventional, sumo, chains, bands, you name it all work great with the deadlift bar.[/quote]
Thanks for this (and to everyone else for all your thoughts). Leaning towards TDL at the moment, but will hold off for a week or so as I always do before making any significant purchase. By the way, I read an interesting thread on the Okie bar on “another website” (that I probably can’t provide a link here). Some interesting legal issues going on in the family apparently…