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Hook Grip

The hook is used especially on snatches, where the grip is much more difficult. In the snatch, there is a tendency for the last and second to last fingers to bear a lot more weight than they do during the clean. The problem is that these fingers are weak.

I did high volume snatch pulls without a hook grip for several weeks and screwed up these fingers to the point where I couldn’t even snatch pull 60 kilos. They still aren’t completely tip-top. The hook grip reduces finger strain altogether and puts what strain there is on the strong fingers.

Oh, and BTW, when I hook grip I place my first three fingers on my thumb, and I always tape the thumb.

D’oh, caught being stupid again. The one time I don’t bother to look something up…

Agree totally. the hook is the way to go for O-lifts. I wrote a bit about it after learning it for a couple of weeks. In just a few weeks of practice (and pain) I was able to go from 60 kg - cry for mommy to 200kg deadlift - noproblem

my best deadlift alternate grip is about 220 so its pretty close with the hook:)

http://captnj.blogspot.com/2006/05/learning-hook-grip.html

J. V. Askem has an article on hook gripping (free).

http://jva.ontariostrongman.ca/HOOK.htm

shows even a midget (no disrepect, looks like he outldeads me by a bit) can hook grip.

So, I am guessing the best way to work into this would be to use it on your light weight stuff…working up to the point where you can no longer tolerate the pain then go to whatever you were doing before until you can handle the hook grip for the big weights?

I dunno if it’s the best way, but it will work.

[quote]Snoop wrote:
So, I am guessing the best way to work into this would be to use it on your light weight stuff…working up to the point where you can no longer tolerate the pain then go to whatever you were doing before until you can handle the hook grip for the big weights? [/quote]