That is so true. And yet, when it works I feel like "That little bit of rod bending couldn't possibly throw the line all the way out there". But somehow, it does.
I'm starting to feel that when I get more distance I'm putting more power into the backcast as opposed to trying to apply power through the forward cast. Is that correct? In other words, I guess I'm getting more distance by making the backcast bend my rod more instead of trying to whip the rod forward with more force.