The Drive & Swing
Developing bend in the pole is one of the most difficult things for beginners. The following drills explain how to resist the pole and develop bend. Contrary to what some people believe and often what it looks like a bendy pole does not 'spring' the vaulter off the top but rather allows them to hold higher up the pole which in turns results in a higher vault.
In this drill we are looking at a take off resisting the pole then kicking into the bend at the top using a long left leg to swing into the inversion.
Initially all pole vault drills are done with a straight pole because we need to learn to move the pole forwards and swing on a straight pole before bending. This is a straight pole inversion drill that gets the vaulters used to being upside down on the pole whilst jumping.
This is a progression from the straight pole vaulting into creating a bend in the pole and keeping the pole moving. We need to keep the pole 'rolling' after take off and keep the movement right the way through to the vertical.
The core of the body should be firm, with the whole body in an extended position. The arms should be as high as possible pressing upward. The pole must be kept moving by putting pressure on it. Keep the pole away from the body. Raise the hips and roll the shoulders underneath. This will bring the pole in close to the body in a vertical alignment.