Posted by Al Anile

Club Member Neil King.
Club Member Neil King this week was the program speaker. His subject was Pole Volt. In his younger days (all the way up to his fifties he said), Neil was a serious competitor in this sport, so he knows a thing or two about it.
"An  important difference between pole vaulting on the stiff ( ie bamboo, aluminum or steel) pole is at the beginning of the vault" Neill said. "With the stiff pole one must fight the tendency to pull immediately at takeoff and wait until the pole becomes vertical before starting to pull. As the vaulter pulls straight down , (he or she) goes straight up".
"But with the flexible, fiberglass pole" Neil continued, "the pull must start immediately in order to make the pole bend and to justify the much higher grip".