From Graham King. (2000). Good Punctuation. p.113.
If this chapter on hyphens has seemed a touch heavy-handed you might consider the words of writer and grammatical realist Keith Waterhouse: 'If you write second-hand and car salesman, should you write second-hand-car salesman, which is fussy, or second-hand car salesman, which suggests that the salesman is second-hand? Fruitless hours can be spent pondering such questions. It is usually-better to leave all the hyphens out than allow them to pile up.
Should it be "a heavy-handed touch"? If so, why does "heavy-handed" follow "touch"? If not, what is the usage?