why is it the norm to check to the pre-flop aggressor?
Why do you teach us to normally check to the preflop raiser? It seems like donk betting would be a show of strength, but I've read in a few places that it shows weakness. What am I missing?
So think about it methodically. Think about your pre-flop range as the caller versus the raiser's range. Who's is stronger? The pre-flop raiser.
Therefore, who should have the stronger hand post-flop? The pre-flop raiser.
With a perceived strong range, the pre-flop raiser should be c-betting a decent frequency, even on a missed flop. When we check, we allow him to bet his entire range and then check/call with good showdown value hands, check/fold junk, or check/raise decent semi-bluffs or bluffs.
If we lead out as a donk bet, if the pre-flop raiser has junk, he'll fold (so we get no value). If he has a strong hand we might get raised which puts us in a awkward spot "okay" hands.