Man do I hate me some graphite. That little tube thingy is the worst. Just poof and splotch. Everywhere! I learned to hate it back when my son was a scout. The kids got covered in it along with everything else! But it works pretty well and is accepted by most tracks and races that I have seen, so do it I must. I started adding the powdered graphite to an eye dropper bottle then filling with 91% rubbing alcohol and shaking vigorously. It seems to me to go on a little easier and is much easier to control. I believe others have tried this as well. Hopefully it proves its merits as the other way of poof and pray just does not cut it for me! If anyone has any great methods they would like to share... I am all ears!