First off let me say that I do suck at the deadlift and if you are good at the deadlift you probably suck at the clean. There is an inverse relationship between how good one person is at the clean and how good they are at the deadlift.
Recently I posted a link on my facebook page to this video from a Mike Boyle staff training in which he is discussing the starting position for the hang clean.
This is a valuable video because coach Boyle makes points about the quality of the lift being easily assessed through the aesthetics of the lift. This is something that is very important to learn. The Olympic lifts no matter the weight should always look good, if the looks of the lift are wrong then there is likely too much weight on the bar.
Coach Boyle’s discussion of the position themselves led to several posts on my facebook wall regarding what is the best place to start the lifts when in the hang position. We all know how it should “Look” when you finish an Olympic lift pull, but there are a ton of variations to the start position so, I thought it might be valuable to talk about those variations.