Originally Posted by TFL Replica
Not bottoming out keys is a habit that's tough to get rid of.
I was able to get rid of it, but I was extremely determined. I would literally use Notepad to practice every single day, but I never did it for a specific amount of time; I would just type in Notepad until I decided to do something else. The whole experience was very organic and almost spontaneous at times.
But you see, my original reason for typing in Notepad every single day was originally just to be able to type more. After all, I really enjoy typing on my keyboard, so I needed to satisfy my craving as much as possible. But as a result, I soon began using Notepad as a practice tool so that I could change my typing style so that I would begin to automatically use less force when I type and press keys. However, I was still using it as a way to satisfy my craving and so therefore that craving and determination to stop bottoming out kept me going.
As a result of that
, I discovered that it was easiest to avoid bottoming out by hovering my wrists while I type (it was actually an accidental discovery) combined with gentle keypresses. In fact, I discovered that it was very helpful to purposely type so gently that I would often not even actuate some of the keystrokes. This showed me exactly how much force I need to apply in order to at least actuate
each keystroke. But this is more of a subconscious, muscle-memory related thing rather than being consciously aware of it. But it has
to be in order for me to be able to focus on what I'm typing instead of on my technique.
To simplify it, I would say that the best thing to do is to hover your wrists while typing and just press each key too gently so that several of your keystrokes don't even register. As a result, you'll be slightly less gentle and then you'll find that middle ground where you're pressing each key with only the necessary force needed to actuate it thereby not bottoming out any of the keys (except for maybe the Spacebar).Edited by TwoCables - 6/13/10 at 12:46pm