Beside affecting balance ,good and not so good a pole touch offers a sensual connection to the snow We can get information about it's surface, our attitude as a determination of balance, our speed and other information our subconscious mind takes advantage of .
I like to hold all fingers on the pole and try not to move the tips past the hands to get the input I desire along with not having them negatively affect my balance. If I feel the need to reach more I send myself down the hill because reaching is hands going , tips hoping and mass left behind. To me it's like shopping for a turn . How often do we see people shopping for turns with an extended ski pole ? Just go already. It's a symptom of a much different situation.
It was nice of JASP to attempt to discuss within this thread techniques for holding and expressing the intentions of our pole use . I think that is useful conversation.
We don't need much equipment to ski .,not even skis. I've skied on my boot soles but it's not very efficient. A ski pole can lead us into our intentions or block us from them in many ways. it's a learned discipline and it should be taught early and often to make the most of an important tool at our disposal