Very good post LA
I think the trail and error method is the only way to go! But as we know you don’t have forever to pass the test…. so getting good information at the right time is crucial.
What puzzles me is how the first statement about straight long draglines ever happened? You and I can look at a dozen or so clips of the best pros and see it ain’t so. What kind of empirical research was really done here?
It appears to me that a mechanical ideal was created in the lab and shipped out with a set of instructions…drag lines being one of them. If you consider these instructions more carefully, even the most current version, it fits in with a whole set of mechanics that are being promoted.
I think that the first version of a long straight drag line is very revealing. While not impossible, it’s difficult to take a very long straight stride and leave no mark on the ground. Particular movements naturally create particular kinds of drags lines. If you’re favoring a particular kind of dragline it follows you’re favoring the mechanics that produce it. So dictating drag rules in some respects is merely the…
We are being told that these most recent mechanics are more “efficient”….but are they really? Genuine “absolutes” are few and far between, not things that appear to change every several years. Are we getting closer to really finding true “absolutes” that can be applied to everyone or is this really another Holy Grail pursuit?
One thing we have learned…. the pitching Gods seem to never tire of making a mockery of our limited understanding with their ingenuity. Sometimes we need to leave them alone to do their good work.
Trail and error…trail and error…absolutely!