Men are also more into styling products than they would like to let on. They aren't afraid to use them, but don't like to advertise that fact to their friends. They know that to achieve perfect celebrity hairstyles, takes time and money and they are OK with that.
The best way to get your ponytail in instead of trying to fight with all the hair at the back is lean forward and brush all your hair down to your face. Bring all of the hair from the back forward. Once you have done this then you can gather all of your hair in one bunch and apply the holder that you are going to be using.