I’ve explained it before by saying that it prevents the minor forearm discomfort from getting in the way of getting to a point where the larger target muscles are fatigued.
That's my excuse for using Barehand Gloves when I deadlift. Prevents the grip discomfort from the knurling digging into the pads at the base of my knuckles, from interfering with getting enough reps for the larger target muscles.
I think they are great for people who don't want to develop the "bump" on your wrist you get after lots of reps
I don’t mind the forearm bump. For genpop they are really useful in not detracting folks from the initial hitting of the bell to forearm that happens.
But, I thought there wasn't supposed to BE any "hit" of the bell against the forearm? Aren't you supposed to learn the technique where you sort of twist your wrist at the end of the lift? So your "punch" and the momentum of the bell stop pretty much at once? With the bell just resting against your wrist? That way the bell doesn't flip over your hand and come crashing down on your forearm.
I thought this little trick was a key point of "technique" for the snatch.