When performing either of the olympic lifts, the preferred grip on the bar is the hook grip. This grip allows the weight to be lifted without a large tax on grip strength and to maximize transfer of energy from the legs to the barbell. When the lifter catches the bar overhead or on the shoulders, this grip may or may not be held. There are examples of both in elitelevel lifting and, ultimately, the technique used is the one that allows the athlete to secure the bar most effectively in either lift. If the athlete is missing lifts on the clean due to an inability to keep the fingers under the bar, holding onto the hook may fix this issue.