You are learning the "Theory of Brake"! Many of us had to "relearn" our hand position as we started out using more brakes in our setup. The object is to create a more controllable sail. Ever have gusts just take over your kite? Adding more brake puts a "neutral" in the kite. Think auto transmission - put a car in drive and let off the brakes on a flat surface. Eventually the car starts moving on it's own. Now leave a standard transmission in neutral - nothing happens. You must engage a gear to get the car going. To me, it puts you more in control over the kite. That's the closest explanation I have.
Been flying this setup for years now with much more brake, it did take time to learn. But the advantage is now I have a much "tamer" kite and can concentrate on seeing the picture in my head, not worry about my kite just taking off to who knows where!
Another advantage is in low winds. Most want to pull the top lines closer to the handle. That does let you launch, but hurts flying after you get it in the air. Think sailing - I did this for several years and think it explains. You can actually pull a sail in too tight to the wind. There is some "belly" in a sail, haul it it too tight and you lose that "belly". That = inefficient. By letting the tops out, you "square" the sail up to the available wind. Yes it is a bit more work to launch, but you should feel the sail capturing more air and staying full. And learning a gentle touch helps - it's real easy to just yank a kite out of the sky in those conditions.
But this is my preference, not everyone agrees, What works for me, may not for you, or vice versa! There is no one, perfect, way to do this! Everyone has some personal quirk to their setup, so there is no "right or wrong", just how it works for you!
All IMHO! YMMV!
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