or at least i tell myself this. intuitively, i suspect it's a habit i ought to drop; yet i've been told, "it's not a technique sin, don't worry too much about it." and i don't, aside from being sure that the tip drag isn't pulling my hand back. (thinking being, if my hands are in the right place, it's not so big a deal if the tip of the pole's on the snow.)(but maybe my hands cannot possibly be in the right place if a pole tip is on the snow?)
as the movement is unconscious i think that while it's "natural," it's also a defensive movement (invariably in steep terrain) i would do well to make a point of erasing.
thoughts on dragged pole tips?