Though I’ve been lifting weights for quite a while, I am just now learning the finer points of technique in the 3 powerlifts. I use the conventional deadlift form, but I find that if I start with my hips as high as most lifters do, I tend to strain my lower back; to begin with my hips high, I have to lean forward more at the beginning of the lift. If I start with my hips lower and stay in a more upright position, the strain disappears.
For reasons I won’t go into here, I can’t do sumo style, so that’s out. I know some would say it’s “wrong” to begin with the hips low, and that if you do you’re essentially squatting the weight up, but it seems to work for me. I have a long upper body, which may contribute to the problem.
My question is, is there really anything wrong with what I’m doing? Am I setting myself up for an injury or some other problem by doing heavy conventional deadlifts starting in the hips low/ torso straight up position?
Any advice from experienced powerlifters would be much appreciated.