Pole Vault Video:
The Pole Vault Pull-Turn
Bill Falk teaches the pole vault pull-turn. Once the vaulter's hips have risen at least to the level of the head, the pull-turn is started. The vaulter pulls first, keeping the arms in the same position. As the left arm breaks, the elbow goes on the inside of the pole. The athlete keeps pulling back towards the body as the hips rise. Once the hips are high enough, the athlete is right on the pole. Then, a unit turn is executed. The whole body turns to the left and stays close to the pull and the hips continue rising up. Then, the fly-away is executed.
Excerpt from the Come to Pole Vault Practice DVD.