Is smoother really better?

I put this forward. I've spent the first six months writing shorthand exclusively with liquid inks, the more they glided over the paper the better. But now if you see on the videos thread I have a space pen (ballpoint pen), I find the extra friction and effort required to make a marking on the surface actually allows my hand to form outlines quicker. Why? Well I have theories that my hand doesn't go out of control as easily, and more accurate outlines means more confidence means faster speed. What did court reporters like to use? Of course there weren't ballpoints but there were pencils?

(by michael_lisitsa for everyone)