I’m not much of a verbal cheerer, so I rely heavily on my forceful clap in order to convey appreciation for a musician, stage actor, or random person I’ve decided to applaud for whatever reason… like if a restaurant employee drops something that creates a really loud crash, for example. Not to brag or anything, but over the years, I’ve learned to create very effective air pockets between my two hands, which has made me a pretty-loud-to-loud clapper. And that’s good because the whole point of clapping is to make noise.
Let me tell you something. It’s impossible to clap with authority while you’re holding a drink. 3 fingers cautiously tapping an open palm (so as not to disturb the equilibrium of the drink) – it creates basically no sound. On top of that, I look like a dickhead. It’s the beer-clapping equivalent of this.
But I can’t just not clap at all; that’s rude. So I do my little dunce-clap because the only alternative is aggressively slapping my thigh using the non-beer hand. As someone who has tried it, I can tell you it isn’t loud enough to be heard by the performer, and it does make you look like a crazy person.