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    Re: Long jump observation -- more hitch v hang

    The hitch-kick is used so that at take off, you don't have any stopping motion, you "run through" the board almost completely, as opposed to lowering your center of gravity more significantly when going to hang. The actual hitch kick motion is to keep your body from over-rotating and landing on your face, thus it enables the proper landing you're talking about.


    Basically, when you hitch kick, you maintain your speed all the way through the board more so than if you set up for the hang.

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    Are you saying he had a proper landing? If he was doing weird stuff in the air didn't that cause him to land incorrectly? I think the hitch's purpose is to allow the body to be in a position for an effective landing.

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    Unless they've repealed the laws of physics while I was gone, there is nothing you can do in the air to make yourself go farther.

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    Long jump observation -- more hitch v hang

    I was watching one of those sports blooper shows the other day. It was on ESPN and hosted by Jim Belushi.

    One of their "top ten" bloopers was of a LJer in the Commonwealth Games. It looked like he was going to land out of the sand pit and to avoid this (and injury) he came out of his form. He started to lean to a side, he straightened his legs out, and because of this, he landed safely in the sand insted of on the cement bordering the pit. Of course, the way it looked was funny, which is why it was a sports blooper. He almost landed on his head. But it appeared that by coming out of his form, he was able to shorten the distance of his long jump.

    But some people on here say that NOTHING you do in the air has any effect on the length of the jump, provided the landing is done properly. Once you take off, that's it.

    The debate on here a few months ago was "hitch" vs "hang" forms of long jumping. It was my un-expert opinion that hitchers seem to jump longer. No, I was told that it didn't matter what you did in the air. The speed at which you come down the runway and the angle at which you take off determine everything as far as distance. I said that hangers seem to catch more air. Someone finally admitted, as I recall, that the hang might catch more air than the hitch -- but that would only mean a few centimeters difference. (I pointed out that even a centimeter is a big difference if it means the difference between gold and silver at the Olympics.)

    But besides hangers catching more air, I still have to wonder if hitchers are able to jump longer by doing that hitch. Maybe a "gyroscope" type thing for better balance. At any rate, seeing that jumper in the Commonwealth Games appear to shorten his jump by wiggling around, it made me thing again that what you do in the air DOES have some effect. He was clearly headed out of the landing area, but by coming out of his form, shortened his LJ.

    Has anybody ever compiled a list of best hang LJers and best hitch LJers? I think that would be good evidence to back up my point, but I can't find any such lists.
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