The hang snatch is a variation of the traditional snatch Olympic lift, with the initial deadlifting of the bar from the ground excluded. As such, the hang snatch is a very effective exercise for explosive strength development, hence its inclusion in many professional athletes training programs.
You may see another variation mentioned elsewhere – the hang power snatch. This is performed in the same way as the hang snatch, but with a reduced range of motion during the squat potion of the lift, instead performing a partial squat.
The hang snatch allows for the coordinated development of explosive hip extension and shoulder abduction, which is useful for increasing overall power production. The forceful extension of the hip is seen in an array of sporting activities and actions, including contact sports, football, rugby, basketball and athletics.