Do we begin speeding-up at the beginning of the casting stroke or only at the end?
That's a tougher question than it seems! I would say somewhere in between the beginning and the middle, but I'll let doug be the authority here.
Remember, you have to be accelerating to get the rod to bend. Look at one of your casts and see when that starts so you know whether you need to change your timing or not.
Cliff it right on ... Think of it this way: If you divide the total cast into two parts - backcast & forward cast - the power part of either one takes place in a second or two. The remainder of either is drifting the arm back to increase size of the stroke or follow-through. Thus, speed becomes a relative thing because the cast is quick.
Apply power progressively throughout either stroke. The backcast begins with the rod tip down ... as you begin the lift the line raise and the rod begins to load ... as the speed increases the rod further loads and most of the line has lifted ... the tip of the rod will be near 11 on the clock face ... now is the moment of maximum power made with a flick of the wrist. I call it FlickStop because right after maximum power the rod must be abruptly stopped and allowed to unload the line it carries. The wrist must be controlled. Too much wrist will ruin the cast.
Never apply too much power at the beginjning of either the backcast or the forward cast. You will create all sorts of problems. I suggest you go to my site and download Excerpts. It's free! The booklet is designed to be taken with you outside. Don't leave home without it! As you practice and something doesn't work right, reread the part of the booklet that covers the point in question until it becomes ingrained...
Far too many folks read a book or an article on the cast and the next day wonder out to practice the what they read ... only to find that it doesn't work. After thirty minutes of failure they return indoors ... frustrated. Never practice doing the wrong thing! All this accomplishes is to reinforce defeat. I can only tell you what to do, not do it for you.
Give it a try ... It has helped a bunch of people.
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