Unintentional curve casts with shooting heads
Looking for help here,
I am pretty new to the whole shooting head thing, but was giving it a try Saturday. The problem that I was having was that the front half of the head was not behaving the way I wanted it to. Its most common action was to land at a right angle to the casting direction. Sometimes this would happen with the rest of the line forming a question mark as it landed. Another problem I was having was that the front half of the head would kick over to fast and penetrate the water while the rest of the head was still flying forward.
I found that if I relaxed my casting stroke and just let the rod do the work, the curving problems decreased. Unfortunately, distance also suffered. If I put the "oomph" into the haul and not the cast, I got better distance, but still got some of the curving.
I suppose the help I am looking for is just a general primer on casting shooting heads, as well as any pertinent info on fixing the curving of my casts. Thanks in advance for your help.