It appears there are actually people who call themselves dowsers who don't know what the dowsing state is, and if you talk to them, they don't see a need for it.
Is just asking a question and getting an answer dowsing? If that were the case, all of our 8-yr-old games with ouija boards would have been dowsing, right? Do you remember your childish attempts to use a ouija board? How you asked a question and forced the planchette to spell out the most amusing or expected answer? There was no trust involved, no tapping into your intuition, no letting go of control, no altered state of consciousness. It was lots of fun, but no one took it seriously.
That is true of dowsing these days, and probably for the same reason. The dowsing state is a unique aspect of dowsing technique. It is required, or you are not dowsing. Anyone can swing a pendulum, ask a question and get an answer. But it isn't dowsing if you aren't accessing the answer through the dowsing state.
The dowsing state is an altered state, as studies have shown. It takes time to master it. It's very difficult to describe or teach, and it is the most critical part of good dowsing technique.
I'm not saying a good question and detachment aren't vital. But you aren't even dowsing if you are not in a dowsing state. So if you want to be an accurate dowser, take the time to study and practice the dowsing state. Please comment below about your experiences with learning the dowsing state.