I remember an article in a vintage slot mag that investigated the "two-handed approach". It made sense. With one hand, you must operate the controller and also hold it, with some muscles having to share both duties. With two hands, the trigger hand is able to operate faster because it doesn't need to support the unit too. A side benefit is that the hand holding the controller can be used, often unconsciously, to also move the controller body in the opposite direction of trigger movement, therefore making responses even faster. There was even some belief that by using both hands on the controller, it was easier for the brain to focus on the task of driving.
In CMARC, I know all of the big guys used two hands....
Right hand on handle, left hand on the pot for my electronic controller or taking the weight for my Red Fox one. Legs splayed apart to make standing on concrete floors for ages at a time a bit more comfy.
I saw a photo, which I think was on Old Weird Herald, of a girl racing who was wearing one of those hooded tops that all the 'youth' wear with large front pockets. She had both hands in her pockets with the controller hidden inside and was driving like that. The ultimate in a casual, not bothered style!
I know that you are going to kill me now, but hold my controller (PM and Nezih with Parma grip) like a standard Carrera controller. That means I turn my controller around so that the trigger is ontop and i drive WITH MY THUMB!!!
As I come from good old Carrera tracks and controllers I am about 2/10th faster this way than holding it in a "normal" way.
In my club there are more people now that hold their controller that way.
Enjoy it when you try it and don´t break your hand by trying it!!!!!-))
It's been very well established that the thumb is a nice sturdy, short, thick, little digit, built for strength, but not for sensitivity or speed.
Although there will always be occasional exceptions to nature's 'rules, the thumb generally cannot do anything as fast or as accurately as any of the fingers. For instance, try tapping your thumbs on a desk or a table - no way can a normal human thumb tap either as fast or as accurately as a finger. Try picking your nose with your thumb, or almost any other pleasurable activity. The fingers have it every time and, again, generally speaking, the most versatile digit is the middle finger and not the index finger, as is often supposed. The thumb is for exerting a good firm grip and using it to operate the plunger on a controller actually deprives you of the stability of that grip. Certainly, you can try to compensate for this and, if you practice enough with any inferior method of carrying out ANY activity at the expense of not practicing the known superior method, it will appear that the inferior method is superior. But this is purely due to neglect of the better method.
For instance, if you spent a year or two with your arms and hands immobilized, and diligently practiced use of the feet, you might well find that you could indeed peel a banana better by the foot than by the hand. A very much more realistic and real-world example is that many people can type on a keyboard, seemingly rather fast, using just one or two fingers of each hand and those same people can hardly type at all using long-established all-digit methods. Yet someone who HAS learned to use the standard method can EASILY double their speed.
There's a thought - just try typing with your thumbs!
Each to their own preferences, but the fastest way to operate your plunger is to use either the index or middle finger - even if you have to hold it a little bit unconventionally.
well I tried using my thumbs for pickin me nose and found it hard compared to using my fingers, I also find typing not too difficult but it is not that fast and you look like a complete spaztic no offense there, just having your fingers in mid air looks kind wierd
p.s I can now see where puppets got their hands from
p.p.s try using the mouse with souly your thumb!! tricky
Anyway, no matter how I hold it I just wish it was a bit stiffer. I'm sure I'd get more control, particularly on the quick back stroke which is essential to stop tossing the damn thing off before the end.
Another problem is a loss of sensation after a long night. I get a sort of numbness that means I just don't have the level of control I'd like. Interestingly, the older blokes don't seem to suffer this problem and can carry on for hours.
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