Just a theory, but it seems to me that having more forward lean on the front leg will force you to bend your front knee more, which will force you to shift your weight forward. Absent that extra 1/4" you probably are tending to go back-seat, which certainly will affect your control.
I told my kids, "Someday, you'll have kids of your own." One of them said, "So will you."
-- Rodney Dangerfield.