You've never hitched a pull? Really?
I ramp em up my thighs all the time, when I'm fatigued ha ha.
What do you just drop the bar if you can't lock it out clean?
I never hitched until I hit 405 and have been playing around in the 400's. Now I do occasionally. It is still a legit lift in strongman correct if you hitch?
Nope, never hitched. When I fail, I drop the bar/set it down as controlled as I can. I hardly ever fail though, doesn't happen much at all (can't remember the last time I failed). I've also not done a true 1RM test in well over 6 months so that's probably why i've not failed recently. I actually had never seen a hitched lift until this new guy (who is strong as hell) came to my gym and done it a couple of times. After that, it's started to become more popular. I had actually never even seen anyone use a blatant bounce between reps either, or hitch, until this point, despite going to see a few PL competitions and training for a while in a PL club....
I can understand why it would happen if you're going for a 1RM. You need to get yourself mega-focused on just getting the dam weight up, no matter what, so I can see why you would resort to hitching if you stall... I would never actually train it though. I have this debate all the time with a 620lbs deadlifter though, so, each to their own, can't argue with 620lbs...
My weak point was off the floor for about the first year that I started deadlifting but then it went about mid shin. Lockouts always not been a problem but I put that down to the amount of sumo-style pulling I do (more hips involved). Although I only just started pulling conventional again and i'm not sure it it's still mid shin. Deffinitly slowed down around mid-shin but remained slow(er) right up to lock out.
As for strongman - i'm not all that well versed on the rules of strong man but aren't the deadlift events normally done holding on to handles? i.e. no bar in front of you (kind of like a trap bar), so it woudn't be possible to hitch if that were the case... The ones i've seen, it's just holding onto handles sticking out a truck or trailer and they load barrels onto it after every rep....