I actually never even owned straps when I only trained for powerlifting, and overall, that benefited me a great deal in strongman. I think for the most part, training without straps for powerlifting is a great idea. I built tremendous grip strength through powerlifting, and anytime I compete in a show with a grip event, I’m a heavy favorite. I think if I had started in strongman instead, I wouldn’t have developed that strength and would have relied too much on straps, since they’re basically always allowed for deadlifting. We can never use them for carries, however. Or grip tests, obviously.
This is all a bit of a tangent for me to get to when I started using them. I was very bad at double-overhand, with straps. felt extremely unnatural. So I absolutely hear you when you say you’d need time to get better with them. you do. I could actually pull more over/under than with straps for a couple months until I really figured out positiioning and everything. Now I deadlift almost exclusively double over with straps.