Ahhh. That's a good point. Usually I kinda drop it first two reps and go for a controlled negative on the last rep. This was my last set and I think I gave up. Better to do slow negative all three times? I do 5x3 and then tons of accessory afterwards
But the slight hitch when I go up is ok? Does it just mean I have to start higher?
Also somebody told me paused squats are more for people who lift geared. Same with paused bench?
I just drop the bar from the top. Almost all powerlifters I have trained with do so when they lift heavy on the competition style deadlift. But its ultimatedly personal preference. For accessory variations of the deadlift done for higher reps (say SLDL) you obviously control the negative.
I could not see any hitch.
How are pause squats related to this?
Anyway, pause squats is not the best accessory for geared lifters. The suit and knee wraps help most in the bottom of the lift. Hence, if you lift with gear you need to be stronger at the top of the ROM. That is why lifters who compete with gear use chains and bands (overload the lockout) and boards for bench press.
Raw lifters benefit more from pause squats, pause bench and pause deadlifts since they typically miss around the bottom portion of the lift.