Hi, I'm interested in people's thoughts on single whip applications and the circumstances under which they may or may not be practical. Right now I'm not really training taijiquan applications, but my teacher happened to mention the fact that the right hand in single whip is intended to be an eagle strike. As noted on the linked page, this doesn't seem like a particularly practical strike and I'm curious why anyone would do this rather than say, an open palm strike. Is it in the form mainly for stylistic reasons over practical ones? I had always assumed that the right hand was more of a grab, but of course there's usually more than one application per posture so maybe there are others that might be considered more generally useful?