No argument there. Been shooting handheld since the 70s. I shoot football, soccer and Lacrosse handheld. But there I am in constant motion, and a monopod just gets in the way. However, when holding the camera+lens up at one subject for a long time, waiting for the shot(s), it becomes tiring on the arms, especially for an old man. There, I resort to the monopod, primarily to support the weight of the gear.