I know trannies have changed a lot from the good old days, but it used to be that a firmer shift would increase the life of the tranny. A real smooth shift meant the clutch pack slipped more. The less slip, the less wear.
That's correct in my opinion. The thing with these cars now is you can have a firm shift without it being quick so you have to get both now. It's definitely an odd feeling when it does the rpm hang some then finally completes the shift firmly.