Sometimes it is necessary to gather up more than is possible on the iron you are using. This is when we use a “Post Gather”. They are similar to punties as in you generally don’t move the iron forwards to gather up glass. The glass maker dips the iron into the glass, makes the preferred amount of turns and pulls the iron out of the glass at the same direction as the iron is pointing. A point is usually achieved when gathering like this. Increasing on the amount of glass on the post gather, it should be left to cool enough to be effective. When re-introduced to the hot glass, if you go back in too hot the post will melt instantly and become ineffective at gathering a larger amount. If too cold then the gather will be ineffective as a presentable bit for a stem of foot etc or you will have difficulty getting the glass off the iron to make or do whatever it is you are doing.
Post gathers should be used in the right situation only. Using them to account for lack of proper training time will lead to difficult to reverse habitual glass making techniques.