Moving to a stiffer pole rather than a longer one is based on where you are! I only suggest that you move to a longer pole after you have exhasted the shorter pole stiffness by 15-20lbs and have jumped over the hand hold of your grip. Then moving to a longer pole keeps you on one stiffer than your weight!
When to move to a stiffer pole:
- If you are on a pole rated at or 10lbs over your weight
- You are jumping at or over your grip by 6-12 inches
Making the jump to a longer pole may be tough! Especially if you do not have the luxury of having poles 2.2 lbs or 4.4 lbs apart. In this case, a good trick for moving up to stiffer sticks is as follows:
- You pr’ed on the stick you are on now and if you move your grip down 1 fist and take about 3-5 jumps at this grip, the pole will feel stiffer.
- Then move to the stiffer pole by at least 2.2 to 6.6 lbs and return to the original grip or slightly higher, it should be easier to mange.
What you are doing is experiencing a stiffer pole with the lower grip on the pole that you are use too and the transition feels very similar when you make the move!
Check out Magnus Von Jomyr of Sweden, a vaulter who moved to a stiffere pole rather than a longer one and jumped with better form and higher!
- 4.35m: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=496255978149
- 4.5om: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=497657853149
Keep flying high!
– Bruce Caldwell