I started out learning oly lifting about a year back with a good coach. I have a number of flexibility issues so I'm training alone now - safer that way until I have full mobility.
Anyhow, I was taught from the outset to use the hook grip. I was told it hurts at first - that I'd get used to it. I'm pretty good at ignoring pain, but I just couldn't get used to this. I've searched the internet for other people reporting pain in the same place as me, but I seem to be unique?
So, the webbed bit between thumb and first finger. At the inside base of the thumb there's a knobbly bit of bone (base of the 1st metacarpal ?) - that presses into the bar (especially with snatch grip) and hurts SO much. I persevered for a good 4 months but reverted to a normal grip as the pain was overriding everything else and tensing me up. A lump of hard tissue developed over the bone, but it didn't stop the pain.
Any thoughts? Do I just need to persevere with it? At what stage does it become important even - I don't want to put any limits on how far I go with Oly lifting, but lets just say I'm not going to be competing at the olympics!!