I am trying to figure out how Doc Watson is so accurate with his right hand....

In looking at Doc Watson videos (there are tons available) I notice he extends the middle, ring and pinky fingers on his right (picking) hand. I was always taught to keep those fingers curled in, but when he extends his fingers as he does it seems to, obviously, give him some sort of greater control. Wondering if any flatpickers out there have noticed this and might have some explanation as to why/how?

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Created by No Depression Feb 17, 2009 at 9:06pm. Last updated by No Depression Sep 24, 2012.