That's the way I would interpret 'a more direct connection' but is that what riders really want on grave?. I would have though a softer drop of the clutch would prevent wheelspin - unless dirt riders want to be able to get the wheel spinning, which I know they sometimes do
PS if your definition is correct then the G-button is not what I'm looking for to make town traffic riding smoother
Your assessment is spot on.
I have been using the G-button on and off the pavement since I first got my AT, three years ago.
After the first few rides off the pavement (on gravel surfaced forest roads and dirt trails),
I felt more in control with the G-button engaged, in S-mode.
The D-mode just does not work well, on slippery surfaces.
IMO, for riding off pavement, you don't need the rear wheel spinning but in many
instances, it can be more fun to spin the rear tire. It is part of riding off-road.
I've read someone compare it to "popping" the clutch which is a fair description but
how close the DCT programming emulates that 'clutch action" is not clearly stated.
I think it comes close, as it is almost too hard to do a DCT wheelie without the G-button engaged.
Honda published an extensive 'test' of the G-button and how it affects riding offroad.
Tech Views ó Vol.9 G Switch and Selectable Torque Control