Originally Posted by Coldsnap
Hmm not really. Maybe? Both Travis Mash and Greg told me I need to do this awhile ago. Going off this picture from Greg Robbins. In my starting position my knee angle is much larger than hip angle, so I should probably drop my ass down more at the start. I don't know what muscles are weak which makes it much harder in that position for me though.. I'll probably do those double pause dealifts greg had me doing which helps with positioning.
alas here's an old video, my pull hasn't changed much since then. I'm less soft in the back now but thats because my back is stronker.
The problems I see with your technique are (and that prob affets your torso angle):
1) your back is not flat, not before the pull and not when you pull. A flat back would position your shoulders higher up = more upright
2) your shoulders are in front of the bar. Place them directly above the bar and you would be more upright
3) you yank the bar off the floor. Ripping the bar at the start like that makes you lose your tension and positioning. Your already bent over back gets more bent over as soon as you start the pull. A good rule of thumb for DLs are that the hips should never rise before the chest, which you do.
Some big PLers talk about how the DL is a "slow start" lift. With the squat and bench you gain momentum from the downward motion and you feel the weight before you actually "lift" it. Neither is the case with the deadlift. It also takes roughly 1 sec (iirc) to coordinate all motor units and get maximum force development from a deadstop, as a deadlift. So with a deadlift, you want to be more patient and aim to put max force and tension into the bar before it lifts. The actual lift (fro ground to lockout) should be as short time as possible. This slow start to max speed in the lift is most apparent in big sumo deadlifts.
4) it looks like the guy in the picture you posted had placed the bar further in front of his shins. This makes it easier to start with low hips and decreases the knee joint angle.