I do double overhand grip for a 5x5 on SLDL days. My grip strength has gone through the roof since I started doing this. I use wraps on rack pull days though. Don't know what your routine looks like, but mixing in double overhand has yielded me the greatest success.
Here are my suggestions:
*Do most of your work with a normal grip
*Do only your heavy, heavy DL work w. mixed grip
*Learn how to grip the bar properly. I know I've quoted Rickey Dale Crain's advice on this matter before - doing an advanced search should bring it up
As far as the mixed hook grip - it's certainly one way to go, but it's not a remedy for a weak grip. There are a few VERY successful PLers who have used it. I can't name them off the top of my head, but I remember at least a few pictures of Finnish DLers using it.
However, I'm really having problems trying to picture this being done.Quote:
The bar should "not" be squeezed. Rather, it should just lay in the fingers/hand. Only the thumb should be flexed, or squeezed, not the hands, not the forearm. If this is done incorrectly, most likely, the bar on a very hard pull will slip out of the hands. Also if the hands are rotated as you grip the bar, it will most likely slip out as the weight pulls down, and pulls the rotated hands back to a straight up and down position. One does not have to have a strong grip to hold onto large amounts of weight. I have a very poor grip and grip strength and have never lost a deadlift, i.e. 716 at 165lbs.
Where should the bar be placed? Should the bottom of the bar be between the 1st and 2nd knuckle? And how can you make sure it doesn't slip out of your fingers if you're not applying pressure with the fingers?
Would they really give a **** if you used chalk? Just bring chalk in someday and see if they say anything. I'm a trainer at my gym and I ignore the no chalk rule haha.