When I got my TI straight, there was a diagram showing how to strop. I have been doing it this way since I started straight shaving and haven't ever really noticed much difference; guess I was just doing it because you're supposed to do it but this morning, WOW. After my WTG pass I decided to give it a few laps on my Red Latigo with a little more downward pressure before doing the ATG pass. HUGE difference! Usually the ATG pass is kinda uncomfortable, not bad enough that I don't want to do it, just wish it was smoother. That extra pressure made it totally comfortable, just like the WTG pass.