A common mistake in the snatch and clean is shifting too far back onto the heels in the pull. There are 3 basic potential problems with this:
- First it can create a tendency to rock forward in reaction, creating a forward imbalance directly and indirectly by encouraging forward hip extension and the bar swinging forward.
- Second, it can direct the bar and body backward, limiting bar elevation and reducing stability with added horizontal bar motion, and/or causing the feet to sweep backward out from under the body, creating imbalance and further horizontal shifting.
- Finally, it can cause the body to avoid complete extension to prevent the further backward imbalance that would result, which reduces power and bar elevation.