At this stage of the game, I would not be concerned about distance. Concentrate on your mechanical foundation. From there, distance will come.
Originally Posted by Jackster
Also, just starting out I would highly recommend getting a lesson or two from a certified casting instructor. Some charge, some don't, but in any respect you will find the learning curve greatly reduced and you won't waste hours and rotator cuffs correcting bad habits.
That's a darn good idea.