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Pole Vault
Comparison of Swetlana Feofanova (Russia) and Kelly Suttle (USA) with Coaching Tips

Studying this comparison of Swetlana Feofanova's and Kelly Suttle's pole vault form with coaching tips may can increase your ability to coach or train for the pole vault. These sequence photos of pole vaulting and pole vault drills with an explanation of proper technique will enhance your pole vault knowledge and form. These exercises for weightlifting, running, sprinting, throwing and jumping will help develop form, balance, technique, flexibility, speed, strength and power.

Hips under head and shoulders.

Shoulders away from pole and left hand.

Pole close to horizontal.

Right hand under right elbow.

Hips behind shoulders and head.

Shoulders close to pole and left hand.

Pole angle well above horizontal.

Right hand behind right elbow.

Shoulders and head above hips.

Pole close to level.

Right foot close to hips.

Running upright.

Shoulders and head in front of hips.

Pole tip still well above level.

Gap between hips and right foot.

Leaning forward.

Top of pole between hands balanced above hips.

Left hand above right thigh.

Top of pole between hands in front of body.

Left hand in front of right knee.

Pressing pole between hands up.

Left foot close to hips.

Left elbow under left hand.

Pressing pole between hands forward.

Left foot close to ground.

Stiff left arm in front of shoulders.

Head, shoulders and top hand above hips.

Left foot under right hand.

Eyes forward looking under left hand.

The line of top hand, shoulders, hips and left knee... straight.

Head and shoulders in front of hips and leaning toward the box.

Step well in front of right hand.

Eyes up looking toward left hand.

The line of top hand, shoulders, hips and left knee... many angles.

No pressure on pole before leaving the ground.

Big pressure on pole before leaving the ground. Head under left hand.

Hips under shoulders.

Right leg in balanced forward running position.

Left foot behind vertical line of right hand.

No swing yet.

Head behind left hand

Hips in front of shoulders.

Right knee driving up.

Left foot in front of vertical line of the right hand.

Early swing.

Relaxes right leg while driving left foot down.

Big distance between left hand and shoulders.

Kicks right foot forward while lifting right knee

Less distance between left hand and shoulders.

Height over 15' 7" or 4.76 meters.

Height over 14' 9" or 4.51 meters