Originally Posted by brookfieldangler
1. As someone said, a lot of newbies don't come to that solid stop on the back and forward casts. When this happens, you lose energy in the line and as a result, you may not feel that load on your back cast.
+ 1 on the above.
To load a rod you need a HARD stop. Jason and Gary Borger make this point by bringing their hand up to their forehead when pantomiming the backcast. They "bonk" their forehead to emphasize the hard stop at the proper rod angle.
It also prevents the backward flop of the wrist. So a hard stop and the proper rod angle are key to loading the rod and preventing a windshield wiper back cast.
Forward cast stop.
Here is the basic cast, it is a short smooth stroke ending in a hard stop.
Here are two exercises to force a hard stop at the proper rod angle
Stand with your back to a wall and use a stick as your rod, you will force a hard stop and prevent the floppy wrist on the back cast.
Then use a paint brush dipped in water as your "rod" and move 3 feet from a wall. Try to flick that water back so it hits the wall behind you just above the level of your head. That will also force a hard stop at the proper angle.
For the forward stop, use the paint brush to flick the water at the wall at about eye level.