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Some things to think about.......
Tension and yarn. I often say that tension and yarn are like love and marriage. They certainly go together. Yarn needs tension. Sometimes a lot and sometimes very little. There are like a husband and wife in many ways. Too much tension when the yarn does not need or want it will cause a problem. Not enough and this will result in a different problem. Then, of course, each yarn is different and too much or too little need to be redefined for that particular yarn.
Then you have humidity and static electricity, speed of the winder, action of the winder, swift misbehavior, tightness of yarn on the swift, the users' hands holding the yarn while in flight, and uneveness of winding speed.
Phew!! There is a lot that can go wrong, isn't there?
In general, though, tension is what keeps everything in order. A constant pulling action will tame the yarn down and since it goes so fast, there is little time for the yarn to misbehave. Too loose of a ball brings on many other issues and problems. So you are better off erroring on the side of too much rather than too little tension (at least in general). Some synthetic yarns are a "crap shoot" and you will have to experiment with them.
I generally find that using a motorized winder seems to overcome many of these issues by itself. Why? Because the motor turns at a consistent rate and with purpose. Just as "Time" waits for no man, a motorized ball winder waits for noone either. The yarn does not have time to think about misbehaving it seems. Humans slow down or otherwise change their winding speed or they hold the yarn, etc. In general, humans winding the yarn by hand can introduce issues.
So when winding yarn by hand, be consistent and do not vary your speed. Do not start and stop. Use the tension adjustment on the winder rather than your hand if possible. Be alert as to how the yarn and the winder are working together. Make sure the ball is being wound at the tension you want and if not, make the necessary adjustments during the winding of the ball (not after it is done being wound).