I provided you with the "No Deadlift" article on this. It provides the research on this. Your statement below indicates you read some of the data on it.
However, you appear to have missed some of the information.
With that in mind, let me specific reiterate parts of the article.
Bill Starr's Deadlift
Starr broke the American Deadlift Record in 1968 by NOT Deadlifting. Starr did so by preforming Heavy Good Morning and Power Cleans.
Ernie Pickett implemented Starr's training method and came close to the American Deadlift Record in the Superheavyweight class.
NO ONE in America out Deadlifted Starr in that time period.
"Records Are Made To Be Broken"
Starr's record Deadlift was preformed back in 1968, 49 years ago! Very few if ANY records last that long. So yes, in the 49 years since Starr's American Record other have pulled more.
My Record 617 lb/280 kg Deadlift Record
I own the state record in the Deadlift for my age/weight class. I set the record in 2002, 15 years ago. I still own the record.
I set the record by implementing Starr's NO Deadlift Training Method with a slight variation.
I incorporated Good Mornings and Hang Cleans into a Post-Activation Potentiation Training Program, PAP.
PAP essentially "Supersets" a Strength Movement (i.e. Good Mornings) with a Power (i.e. Power Clean) or a Speed Movement. Doing so elicits a greater Power Output than would be achieved by simply preforming a Power Movement, such as Power Cleans.
There are various PAP Training modalities; another topic for another time.
As noted on the website, ...
"A local lifter, Phil Rivera, increased his deadlift 25 lbs by integrating some of the ideas of the no deadlift program. Phil is a seasons lifter, so he was quite pleases with the results. In Phil’s program, he would deadlift once a month."
Westside Powerlfiting Training
To reiterate, this method was developed approximately 37 years ago, circa 1980.
One of the fundamental element and principles of is Conjugate Training, employs Power (Speed Training) in conjunction with Limit Strength Training.
Simmons wrote about the benefits of Power Cleans; Simmons is a student of Starr as I am.
However, Westside Powerlifting Training utilizes "Speed Deadlift (Power) Training" rather than Olympic Pulls.
Thus, the Westside Training protocol MANDATES "Speed (Power) Training needs to be employed as a means of pushing/pulling more. PAP utilize the same principle in a slightly different way
Uni-Directional Vs Bi-Directional Training
Uni-Directional Training: This is the Westside Protocol. The emphasis is having one day set aside for Limit Strength and one for "Speed" (Power).
Bi-Directional Training: This is Post-Activation Potentiation Training Program, PAP. This incorporates Strength and/or Power or Speed into the same day.
Incorporating some type of Power Training into a Limit Strength ensure you will push/pull more. How you write the programs that incorporate Power Training is up to the individual.
Tate was one of Simmons Disciples who teaches the methodology and write about it.
In a discussion with Tate years ago, we discussed the use of Olympic Pulls as a means of increasing Power Output for the Deadlift.
Tate noted he was an advocate of Olympic Pulls, as is Simmons. However, Tate stated that one of the problems is that very few Powerlifter knew what they were and had no idea of how to preform them correctly.
Thus, "Speed (Power) Deadifts" were advocated; since there was less of a learning curve with Deadlifts than Olympic Pulls.
Alternatives to Olympic Pulls
1) Trap Bar Deadlift Jumps and Banded Pulls. As I noted, research has demonstrated the Power Outputs of this movement rivals Olympic Pulls.
Explosive Trap Bar Movement are quickly and easily leaned.
2) Heavy Kettlebells Swings.
These generate an enormous about of Power that rivals Olympic Pulls.
As per Dr Bret Contreras research...
Squat Swing with 140 lb Kettlebells:
Peak Vertical Force: 2,431-2,444 Newtons
Peak Horizontal Force: 278-353 Newtons
Hip Hinge Style with 140 lbs
Peak Vertical Force: 2,325-2,550 Newtons
Peak Horizontal Force: 499-520 Newtons
KETTLEBELLS AND DEADLIFTING: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN?
Andy Bolton preforms them and advocate their use.
Chris, I am impressed with the research you do. However,
"I just don't think"
...means that you don't know, you are guessing. We've discussed this before.
1) Research and empirical data clearly show incorporating some type of Power Training into a Limit Strength Training program elicits a greater training effect.
How you decide to do this is up to you.
2) The only way to learn anything is with practical experience via correctly implementation of it into your training program.
The biggest reason a successful program fails for most is that it was written and implemented incorrectly.
Thus, if it works for everyone but you, the problem is you, not the program.
*The Conventional Deadlift
The sticking point for Conventional Deadlfiter is the knee area. That is the "Make it or break it" point.
That means the lift is NOT finished.
Limit Strength and Power need to be developed in the knee area.
Development of Power In The Knee Area
1) Dead Hang Power Cleans or High Pulls
2) Plyometric Hang Power Cleans or High Pulls.
This means getting a slight bump off the thighs prior to the pull; a method used by Olympic Lifters.
3) Power Rack Deadlift Rack Pulls. Set the bar just below you sticking point and explode up (try to jump) with the weight; a moderate load need to be used.
3) Power Good Mornings, 90 Degree and/or 45 Degree Back/Hip Extensions.
4) Heavy Kettlebell Swings.
The Learning Process
You put a lot of time in reading the research; which I am impressed with.
However, you have acknowledged that you are not willing invest time in obtaining real world, practical experienced at time.
The End Result
You end up being a "Arm Chair Quarterback".
Essentially, you're coaching a game that you've never played.
It hard to understand any game (training method, etc) that you have no practical experience with.
You definitely do your research reading. Just take the next step and obtain some practical experience.