My problem with going deep into the squat is a balance issue. I can go deep with no weight, or holidng a pair of dumbells in my hands. But with a BB on my back, I cannot go deep and maintain balance, so I stop short.
I am a bit on the tall side (6’3") and am long limbed, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it, but I just feel like a big gangly mess when back squatting with any significant weight.
I think there can be a problem with ankle flexibility which can hinder your squat at the bottom of the lift. The ankle has a shallower angle between shins and feet if you have long legs compared to your torso, meaning your ankle’s have to be more flexible than a person who has short legs and a long torso to get to the same depth.[/quote]
Thank you for all the replies. I must say you are all very perceptive. I have had chronic ankle problems for years (multiple severe sprains and one break). I never equated squat depth directly with my ankle issues.
I will do more to stretch out the tendons and conective tissues of my ankles as well as work on their flexibilty. I may be at a point where they are “too far gone” and I’m not certain I will ever get full range of motion back, but I may as well give it my best shot to see if this will improve my squat depth. Thanks for the insights.