Originally Posted by ChiefPilot
I prefer a short approach over base / final when possible - it keeps the runway nicely in sight at all times. Turning close to the ground is no big deal for me. And, as Sam points out, extra speed is bad. Proper speed (or proper AoA) is the goal.
Excellent point on the AOA, it is my primary instrument when making the 180 turn from downwind to final. The airplane doesn't care how close it is to the ground as long as we keep the wing happy.