I’ve seen many 400 runners not use blocks and still win the race. I’ve even seen somebody win the 200 at states without using blocks but I wouldn’t recommend trying that. At the amateur level a block start only gives you so much of an advantage but a bad block start can really mess you up. Also, the question was not about measuring blocks, it was about using unfamiliar blocks because some feel different from others. If you have any further points of contention I would advise you to just let it go and accept that we have different view points but if you still feel the need to voice your opinion then start your own track and field blog
In regards to the last few posts:
I apologize for any misunderstandings for bad advice that was given. Obviously there are people who have different opinions about the beneficial properties associated with using or not using blocks. Perhaps most importantly, I apologize for the conduct of one of my admins (if you would please message me when you see this, I think we should talk), whose inappropriate language was unnecessary.
Please stop flooding the ask box with messages regarding how “wrong” we are. We acknowledge the mistake and apologize. This blog is a learning experience for all of us, and we only hope that we can provide the ebst advice and the most relatable “track and field problems” to you. Constructive criticism is always appreciated, but harsh language isn’t necessary.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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