Long Pole - WLE - Red Oak Wood 8'2"
This long pole is made of red oak.
Length: 8' 2"
Weight: 4 lbs. 8 oz
Approximate diameter: 1.5" bottom and 1.0" top
Wood is not indestructible. Poles will always break if hit hard enough.
"Smash Training" is (basically speaking) where you are slamming the tip of the pole into the ground as hard as you can - usually in an attempt to hit something (walnuts, coins, chalk, etc) It is a form of training accuracy and power that some lineages perform. Of course, such training quite often breaks poles. We test all of our poles for smash training to see how easily they break. In order for us to recommend a pole for smash training we have determined that it needs to be very strong (have a high Janka rating usually), but still with some flexibility so it does not snap, and it needs to be a little thicker than the typical pole. That extra thickness makes a huge difference. For the test we simply smash the pole 20 times into the ground with as much force as possible - rotating it slightly with each hit so any structural weakness are tested...
Suitability: This pole is a normal thickness, so it is not thick enough (we recommend 1/2 inch thicker poles all the way around) for this training. It is okay for form work, partner pole work, work with swords, exercises, etc. We found these oak poles to be good overall poles, the main issue is how short they are and how much they taper makes them "thin" (the tip comes to 1" instead of 1.25 inches.) They are some of the most popular poles we sell.