oops, thats the only drawback. You can do it, its just a bit awkward. your wrist will be cocked down, and then you push down on your elbows. It works, but its a little tricky, turning while lifting the front of the deck is even more dificult, but you'll master that too. Another advantadge is that when you have the bar half way pushed, so the belt is free wheeling (no brake), you have a bar that goes across your body to pull back on. this puts much less stress on your wrists than a regular grip. with a regular mower, its all grip strength.