It's all in the thumb, the magnetic/centric brake, main bearing adjustment. Practice heavy, and after a while begin to go lite. I started with 1oz, lead weight & 8 lb. line on a rod [ Ugly Stick 6'6"] marked 1/4 to 1/2 oz., line 8-20 lbs. I threw at a hula loop while sitting in a folding chair in my front yard. Within 3 months, I was sitting on the front of my BassTracker, watching the fishfinder, working the trolling motor with my right foot, and casting a 1/4 oz. worm rig, on 14 lb. line, averaging about 40 casts per hour without a backlash. . .