The first connecton between the pole that is pushed into the ground and the next standard pole often sticks because I tend to push one in to the ground with the other. The plain end rides over the swaged end. My solution is simply to hacksaw 6 mm off the plain end of a standard pole and push it onto the swaged taper. It is not advisable to do this with the remaining poles as they will slip out when raising the net. If on occasion you need to temporarily lower a net the fact that this lower joint comes apart easily is of some advantage. I hope this stops people having to lower their back seats in order to transport their poles.