So years ago, I learned how to do a contra check. Now, I don't think I have ever voluntarily led a pattern which included a contra check; however, from time to time I have had to execute one as parts of various bits of choregraphy. So I learned how to do a contra check. Now, the day has come that I've decided I need to learn how to do a good contra check. I worked on it some last night, and I came to this realization: The thing that I have for years been calling a contra check bears no resemblance whatsoever to a good contra check. So, I beg of the audience: What, to you, makes a satisfactory and satisfying contra check? What is the feel of a good contra check, and what bits of technique do you focus on in order to achieve that? What is the tao of the contra check, and why do mine not ever "snap" like the ones I see other people do?