Masters Week: Different Styles


To conclude Masters week I wanted to brush on a subject that is covering the weightlifting community right now but is largely agreed-upon. I know that sounds impossible as the weightlifting community loves to disagree on just about everything. However there is a truth that I find in golf that is also 100% true in weightlifting.

I’m no golf expert. Literally I feel good when I break 90. Therefore, to say that I know the different intricacies of the golf swing would be a complete lie. I know nothing about the golf swing except that mine is not perfect. However, I can watch the Masters and watch the different golfers and see each of them set up differently and each of them start the backswing differently or complete the follow-through just a little bit different than the guy in front of them. However, for the most part, the ball goes straight and ends up in the general area that they wanted it. The difference in the swing made little difference on the end product.

This is the same issue in weightlifting. I was joking at The Arnold with Travis Mash about all the different names for the different techniques out there and how each coach is trying to coin their way or their special way of lifting that gives their lifters the slightest edge over the other lifters coached by the other guy. You got the triple extension, the Chinese style, the traditional method, catapult, Attitude Nation style and on and on. It’s ridiculous. We all move the bar from the ground to over our head with different styles and different movement. Even if you have the same coach, one lifter will lift the bar different than the other. That’s basic truth of biomechanics. I don’t care if your Coach is Don McCauley, Jon North, Colin Burns or Bob Takano, every coach teaches just slightly different. We all have our specific beliefs the impact how we coach and we all believe certain aspects of the lift are more important than others. The reality at the end of the day is that it doesn’t matter whose technique or whose coaching style you use. The point is that the bar starts on the ground and ends overhead in an efficient manner.

Different styles of lifting are much like different styles of golf swings. Even the unconventional style can work for some. Case and point is Bubba Watson on the PGA tour and Kendrick Farris in USA weightlifting.

I think the point to be made here is that everyone should pick one specific way to try and lift the bar and stick to it. Trying to switch styles every year or after every competition would be like trying to change your golf swing after every major championship. It would result in disaster.

Variety is part of the sport and part of every sport for that matter. There is no standard way to do something regardless of what sport you’re in. Weightlifting is no different.

On that note let’s hope the Bubba gets it together today. I’d like to see that unconventional Georgia boy take home another green jacket.


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