Redington Dually 8116 Rod, Redington Grande, Lamson ARX 3.5,
I was out practicing casting yesturday and wanted to know if the 23 ft shooting head that I have for my 11'6'' Switch rod is causing issues with energy transfer. I followed the head length formula recommendation and this head length is within the 1/3 the rod length. I noticed when forming my D loop that at least 1/4 of the head remains in the water prior to performing the forward cast. I can get the line to shoot but I feel like I'm limited and it is not shooting easily. Is this too much shooting head in the water? I was under the impression that very little of the head should be in the water prior to the forward cast. Should I try a shorter shooting head like a 20ft or even an OPST 16ft head instead?