I've never had to use a shooting head system, but in Michigan several years ago, there was a guy fishing next to me and we decided to have a friendly casting contest. This was before my health went down the toilet and I was throwing all of my line out and a pinch of backing. The line was 90 feet, so I'm guessing maybe 95-100 feet. Well, the guy started to chuckle because he kept beating me by quite a bit of distance. I admitted that he was a great caster and decided to actually fish downstream. As I was leaving, he said "Oh by the way, I have a shooting head on and a such and such rod." I felt pretty good afterwards considering I was using an old Cabela's combo!