Speed of the onset of the finger pinch done consciously will take practice. Automatic pinch has come late for me at times so it may be harder to train for at least i'm not perfect with it. I think learning a conscious pinch is good to have as a backup for the days when the automatic pinch is off. I think many athletes in many sports experience slumps because they rely on automated stuff and on days or periods when they are off their performance plummets. The problem in competition with wages on the line is that you do need the extra bit of power that automation gives in sports where raw power is needed. Luckily in DG you can throw accurately and fairly far even with a learned conscious finger pinch.
I have had flat spots in my index finger in the sides and on the finger print. I've also had the disc cut into the finger print area across it leaving about 1/20" deep line. That line is created by the bottom of the disc being pinched so hard and also from the created momentum digging into my flesh. It's a pain that at my power level and after some conditioning is nice to take. It's like fuck that felt good err... ouch it hurts but it means that the throw was GREAT!!! Hell yeah fly baby fly be free
I've heard that normally humans can employ 1/6 of their muscle power consciously to protect the body from injury while leaving safety margin for situations where injury would occur from not having enough power to spare. So it would seem based on that logic that an unconscious automated pinch would be stronger. The best rare conscious pinches i've made have felt and looked flight line wise and landed about as far as good automated pinches. I wish i can develop a 100 % automated pinch that is late and powerful enough. The disc should rotate until the fingers are at just short of the rip maybe one hour on the clock. That late for me has meant too late and weak pinches at times.
Flat shots need running on the center line of the tee and planting each step on the center line. Anhyzer needs running from rear right to front left with the plant step hitting the ground to the left of the line you're running on. Hyzer is the mirror of that.