Re: Beginner: Different technique for slow rod?
Your backcast needs work. I would try this: if you are using a "thumb on top" grip, try a "palm forward" grip. You can always change back later.
The "palm forward" grip will put the ball of your index finger on top of the handle and allow you to comfortably bend your wrist down so that the rod will stay close to parallel with the ground/water as you start picking up line off the water in front of you (or starting the backcast move from the forward false cast).
Now pantomime drawing your arm back (no rod in it) with your wrist parallel to the ground , accelerating as you do it. Just before your upper arm runs out of room snap your forearm back, and when it almost runs out of room, snap your wrist and stop it when it is parallel with your forarm (and squeeze your fingers tight onto the pretend rod handle). Your wrist should be pointed upwards at about 2:30 and straight in line with your forearm, (and the rod as well when you try it with the bottom section of the rod).
Your line is hitting your rod because your casting arc is too narrow, and after the stop and the counterflex, the rod it rebounding back up and getting in the way of the line. At best, you will wind up with tailing loops doing this or else be stuck with short distances unless you extend the casting arc.
Before you grab a rod, fill up a large glass with water and grab a shot glass (or even better, a 4 to 6 inch stemmed claret glass). Go outside and stand one and a half arms lengths from a wall. Fill the shot/claret glass 1/2 full. Hold it in front of you where the liquid is almost spilling and do a backcast into the wall. Keep doing it until you get a solid "SPLAT" when the water hits the wall. The center of the splat of water should be just about at the top of your head height. So you should be starting with the hand slightly lower in front of you and ending slightly higher behind you.
After you have accomplished this task, grab the bottom section of a 4 piece (if you have one) rod, or the bottom section of your 2 piece and practice with that. You will not hear any "whoosh" until the rod tip is well behind you.
This is a saltwater type backcast. There is a good picture of "Swirlchaser" standing on a beach after such a backcast. In that picture, he has already drifted back even further than when he stopped, but you will get the idea if someone can find it.
Slow, soft rods require a longer casting stroke than fast action, high modulous rods.
Do what I suggested, then let us know if it has made a difference. Once you get a strung rod working, watch your backcast and play with the casting stroke length, amount of force applied and so on. It is easiest to do this by standing sideways with your legs parallel to the travel of the line and casting horizontally instead of overhead. That way, you can just turn your head to see both forward and back casts.
Make sure you report back!!