Myth: “Push the nose in towards the centre of the canopy to slow down openings.” – FALSE
The Performance Designs packing manual describes the following to help slow down your openings if you find they’re ‘uncomfortably fast’: Once you’ve flaked the nose cells, leave the centre cell open and hanging in the middle, grab all the cells on one side and roll them inwards towards the centre, then do the same on the other side. If you find your openings are too slow, #PD recommend that you leave all the flaked nose cells open and hanging neatly. (Please note this post isn’t enough to replace proper training from your instructor or a suitably qualified packer!)
You can see detail about every stage of packing on the PD packing video here.