I appreciate your well-thought reply and you make some very good points. I must get out of the office immediately and re-test my theories since the weather is nice and I would much rather be doing that
I absolutely agree that the latter
portion of the sweep just prior to the release (stop) is effected into the lower half of the blank, in fact I often demo it with the top hand on the graphite to emphasize where it should be bent at that point. But to make sure we stay on topic, I was specifically describing the initial movements
which occur at the lift and transition leading up to the low blank flex - the part of the sweep where you mentioned you compensate by changing your lift angle.
To repeat, my point was about feedback in the hands at the lift and initial transition
. You overcome this softness by your lift technique, however many people will in fact push too far to the rear or over-rotate as a result of less feedback early in the sweep. Aside from your personal perspective or mine, this is an observation I have made from many students. I think if we get too deeply into our own perspectives that we polarize the discussion when all actions are good for somebody, and what's right for one caster is not right for another.
Personally I don't find T&T rods to be very 'tippy', in fact I find them to be beautiful rods that cast wonderfully. They consistently throw a beautiful loop. I was referring to several rods that I have been asked to check out recently at shows, classes and conclaves. These rods were not premium brands like T&T but rods purchased by folks based on low price criteria from catalogs or were still in the experimental stage, having the actions I am comparing (soft tip, strong butt). Even with these rods, once I adjusted to them they cast just fine, but again they were on the other end of the spectrum from what I would prefer
1) To your point on rod length - if a rod is light in the tip, wouldn't that reduce
the operative length of the rod while lifting a sinktip, when we agree that the longer the lever, the easier the lift?
What interesting differences in perspective! I need further education on reaching fish at the end of the battle using just low angle pressure, I use a broad spectrum of rod flexing methods even when fighting one fish... side pressure with a big bend, low angle straight pull to move a fish, one way bend, then another - it all depends on the situation. I don't think I could manage a low angle pull all the time.
Yet another reason to get out of here and re-check my thinking!
In any case, this debate / discussion is healthy and my objective is to provide a complementary perspective. I hope as a result we are providing both sides of this comparison to BC Chromer.