You mentioned a very key point in your previous post, “loading the rod”. I personally feel that getting the rod to load up properly on the back swing is really key to have to good consistent casting technique. If you watch KVD, he is probably one of the most extreme as far as getting a rod to load up during a cast. He’ll have that rod bent in half when he’s bringing it forward.
But another key part to accuracy is the release point. Have you ever played baseball? If so, do you remember having to learn where in your follow through that you had to release the ball to make it go where you wanted it to? It’s the same thing in casting. You need to realize where, when you are bringing the rod forward, that you need to release the spool to let the lure start taking off. Just like in baseball, your follow through with your rod is just as important. You want to make sure you rod it pointing at your target. And lastly, you never want to take your eye off the target. As soon as you start your back-cast, look at your target and never look away from it. If you practice this and get everything working together, your accuracy will improve greatly and will in fact start to amaze you. You’ll be putting lures in places that you never thought you would. Eventually it will become second nature and you’ll be doing it without even thinking about it.
Good luck and have fun doing it.
How important is having your hand in the hand shaking position as opposed to palm down position during the cast?
Ok, you lost me on that one. I’ve sat here for awhile trying to figure out if that was a legitimate question or one of your attempts at humor. LOL! You know how old men are at telling jokes. LOL! But thinking back on how I cast, it seems that it would be rather odd and uncomfortable to cast any rod with your palm facing down. During an overhand cast, my palm is sideways, for a side arm or skipping cast my palm is up. I can’t think of any situation where my palm would be actually facing down.
yes, your palm is sideways in the hand shaking position if you dropped the reel and extended your fingers. I saw an article or video where Mark Menendez was saying to cast a bait caster the most efficiently you need to cast with the palm in the down position pointing to the ground. I am left-handed and cast with my left hand and reel with my right. Normally like you I cast with the spool pointing to the sky and the handle pointing to my right and my palm is sideways in the hand shaking position.
Menendez was saying if you turn your palm down so that for me the handle is pointing at the ground and the spool is sideways, you cast farther, are more accurate and less backlashes. I’ve tried it and I cast ok, but it feels weird and tires out my wrist, maybe over time when I strengthen my wrist, it won’t feel so weird. I heard another thing that because of the rotation of the earth the line comes off the spool better or something, don’t know about that. but I notice how people cast when I watch a video, some do have the handle down type of cast. just wondered how you felt about it.