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I'm not convinced that people "hate" it. I think what you're seeing is probably exasperation with how popular the machine is in disproportion to its usefulness. negative pullups...band-assisted pullups...surrogate exercises like the inverted row... These are all solid ways to progress to pull-ups and to develop pulling strength generally. So, too, can ...
Short answer, there are a lot of ways to do a lat pulldown incorrectly. With some supervision, or awareness of one's form, it's not a bad exercise, but it's an exercise where it's easy to fall into bad habits that can hurt you (putting too much pressure on the spine or rotator cuffs) or simply not do you much good (using your stronger muscles to compensate ...
Yes, having a better grip makes pull-ups a lot easier, and increases the number you can do, often dramatically.
Gripping tight would also create tension in your body, which helps for exciting the CNS. Here is a link: http://www.rdlfitness.com/use-a-tight-grip/ It would get your grip stronger, it would increase your pull-up power.
I don't have any papers, and I don't hate pulldown machines. The main difference is core activation. In a proper pullup, you brace your abs, you contract your glutes and keep your spine in a complete stiff position. Where in a pulldown machine, unfortunately this is very hard to do.
There is something called a hollow position: http://maxwellsc.com/maxwellsc2/images/pro-cert-04.jpg This should be your position while doing pullups. Bracing your abs and contracting your glutes would probably end your pain.
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