Bud Winter, probably the greatest coach of all time, coached 102 All Americans, 27 Olympians, 49 NCAA record holders, and 37 world record holders. During WW2, Bud Winter was actually in charge of teaching Navy fighter pilots how to relax to DRAMATICALLY increase their effectiveness and that ability is what brought so much success to his coaching career.
However, what sticks out to me is that Bud, a sprint coach, just so happened to also coach the first ever 18’ vaulter as a side project. I wonder how a sprint coach was able to produce a world record pole vaulter?? I have to think it’s because Bud was the king of getting people to relax and that is SOOOO important in pole vault.
If you haven’t read any of Bud Winter’s books, I strongly recommend them. And this is a message to any worrywart perfectionists in the pole vault community that freak out because of a takeoff that was 6 inches under or the next pole in your series doesn’t bend the same way or the trail leg STILL isn’t straight or you saw someone break a pole two weeks ago or whatever thing is paralyzing you with worry.....
RELAX DUDE you are part of one of the most fun activities you can possibly be a part of. So actually HAVE FUN! You’ll be surprised at how much higher you’ll vault 😁