I've been working on my basic attacks to the arm of late, trying to incorporate an effective flick into my repetoire. In the past, I've done 99% straight attacks, where I either come in straight or angulate to get the point on target. I'd call this my basic "poke" attack. I've been told by one coach that when I hit, I want to "pop" the point onto target with what is in effect a mini-flick. This ensures that as I'm attacking, there will be enough angulation at the tip to catch the target. Finally, I have the "flick" in all its glory, which for me is a larger motion than the "pop." At least that's how I categorize things in my mind.
So one question that I have is, how do I transition mentally and physically between these different ways of hitting? When I do the basic poke, my hand is relaxed, I'm thinking about small finger motions and angulation of the wrist to get the point on target. Everything is nice and loose. But when I do a pop or a flick, there are varying degrees of tension required in the arm, wrist and fingers. I find that when I'm thinking about the small "pop" motion, my arm already tends to tense up and my disengages and straight hits to the hand go haywire. Any words of advice?