Yes, those vintage starting gates have always been flawed. The only thing you can really do is make sure your finger is strait down with a quick motion.
With some scrap wood, a piece of lexan and some hardware you can build one they wont get hung up on:
Another gate shot that I use on my track. Same kind of thing as Carl's, just no magnet. Instead of flipping "out" the gate raises. This shot doesn't show it, but I added a strip of cardboard that connects the two arms so they raise together.
I used a cabinet latch instead of a magnet on the gate:
Works well for me!
I started out with one of those gates as well. Took it apart and taped a Popsicle stick to make it a bit more rigid. You might also shave a little off the top of the stops
I started out with one of those gates as well. Took it apart and taped a Popsicle stick to make it a bit more rigid.
Same here. It soon became obvious that it needed to be replaced.