Re: Less force, more power. Contradiction or not?
Bring your elbow down and tuck it into your casting side and keep it close to your body. This will force you to use the rod instead of your arm to cast.
When you gain the ability to use your rod to load and shoot line from any cast you have mastered the ultimate weapon.
Once you learn to keep the cast "IN" the rod you will be able to use the power, force, delicacy and accuracy you desire.
The cast can be complex and this rule is not a fix all to end all...it just Forces you to use your rod.