Edit: To Clarify this is regarding going as fast as possible, i.e. racing, off-road.
I can't see why "modulation" matters so long as you have enough to apply near maximum braking force without locking the wheel.
Surely the brakes should always be used to near maximum stopping power, while using the duration of application to give the desired deceleration in as little time as possible (as late as possible)?
Wouldn't any other approach be inefficient and result in riding slower?
I have held this (logically derived) belief for a while and been around similarly minded people, but recently I have come across a surprising amount of people who always go on about modulation when brakes are being discussed and how they need great modulation to get "just the braking power they want".
Is their preference a matter of what they want trumping what they actually need for maximum efficiency?
I was always led to believe (with sensible reasoning) that dabbing or feathering brakes or in any way applying them, to anything other than near maximum capacity, is simply incorrect brake use (when efficiency is at stake.)
Am I missing something?