Originally Posted by bruteforce
Why are people so convinced they shouldn't use straps on heavy rows and deadlifts?
They fear losing their manliness.
Seriously though, there is a lot of misinformation on this topic, and a lot of fear of doing the wrong thing.
Most big boys I know use straps. They don't let grip hinder progress. There will come a time when grip is always weaker than your ability to lift and row a weight, unless you're a freak. Don't let grip strength limit your back strength.
Furthermore, 99.9% of these people don't compete in powerlifting. They should run to get straps, and use every mechanism they can to get bigger and stronger.
Get your back as strong as humanly possible. If during this process your grip is weak, train your grip. Don't let grip strength hinder back strength.