Originally Posted by txshane
^Good point from Mike.
The old "10 to 2 o'clock" analogy has ruined a lot of people's casting. The line will travel in a path shaped like the path that the tip of your rod travels in. You don't want the line going in an arc. You want the line to travel in a line up and back, and then another line going forward.
Think about the rod tip. Make it go up and back, and then make it go forward. The line will follow, and your arm and body will find the right movements to make that happen.
I don't believe that a bit.
With a glass rod or really any rod, you can learn 10 to 2. It's not saying you're arcing the rod, you're stopping your hand at two points that almost everybody can relate to. 10 and 2. The rod tip will go beyond those points, and the caster will learn timing and the flyline will load the rod. It's a starting point in learning and not getting into bad habits. As a caster get more experience and time under his/her belt, the casting evolves. With a 10 to 2, using glass, 40' easy.