I love to squat! It is the best full body movement to improve strength and balance. It improves upper and lower body strength. I love the challenge of learning how to use my multi ply suit and modifying it to improve effectiveness. I love the technology aspect of the squat suit and am looking forward to using the new adjustable Inzer Leviathan. I love moving heavy weight and squatting generally moves the heaviest amount of weight.
I hate the squat! It is so difficult to judge correctly. No one is happy with anyone's squat depth. Too high mostly but some argue too low. The current trend is that high aquatting has ruined all our records and made them a mockery. I have been in this sport long enough to remember some questionable squats from the late 1970's at the USPF Nationals and at the Hawaii Breakers in the 1980's. Depth Nazi's need to give it a rest but probably won't. Spotting and loading squats at meets is dangerous and extremely harsh on the shoulders and lower back. Plus, due to all the spotters needed you can't see the lift very well as a spectator. Donnie Thompson has stated many times that the straight bar squat will tear up shoulders; I agree with him. In my case, this is complicated by bar roll; I never feel like I have the bar comfortably on my back when the weight is heavy. I prefer the Buffalo bar because it takes all the stress off my shoulders. My other injury issue personally is quad pulls. I have had about 12 of them in recent years and they all involved very heavy squatting to parallel or below.
I believe that if we ever want to get powerlifting into the Olympics we will need to drop the squat. NARPs (nonathletic regular people) cannot relate to doing a squat. Everyone has bench pressed or at least gets the idea of it. Deadlifitng is just like picking up heavy objects around the yard and everyone has done that. What normal activity mimics the squat? None that I know of.
In conclusion, I think a powerlifting meet might be better off without the squat. It is damaging to the body more so than the other lifts and is too difficult to judge, which leads to separation in our sport. The deadlift and the bench already cover all major aspects of full body strength by themselves. Meets would be over in a much more reasonable amount of time if we eliminated the squat. I am sure that I will have many ppeople who will disagree with me but that is why I wrote this, to stir up some intelligent conversation. In the meantime, I have to go put on my Inzer suit and go squat, I have a meet in six weeks!