Last time, I talked about the full bend of the rod… I only touched on it a little bit and that was it.
When most people start casting, they tend to think that full bends are difficult to achieve.
Also, I used to worry and think impatiently about how to create that situation (with a short swing), but after I realized that it actually『happens normally with normal casting』, I was able to cast calmly.
And I think that is what makes the full bend of the rod so difficult.
To summarize the important parts…the fulcrum and the action point.
In conventional casting, you are trying to make a point of action with both arms, which makes it difficult to make a full bend.
As Masanori Muraoka showed in his swing lesson video, changing the direction of travel of the rod by 90 degrees can further accelerate it.
He does it after a full bend, but I do it with a swing start.
This way, even a stiff rod can be bent enough.
I call it a seesaw game (magic).
Bait casting Reel Long Throw / Sports Casting Part 4
Motion in Sports Swing
Form changes as seen in baseball
Now…as for the all-important casting method, roughly speaking, it is a swing that uses the whole body, and I think it is similar to an overthrow if I were to compare it to a baseball pitching form.
However, this is only about the form of a long-distance thrower, and if the distance is shorter, the form will naturally change.
In other words… the cast and form changes as the distance changes from long distance to medium distance to short distance.
Play catch to get a feel for the game.
One simple example is “catching a ball.
Warm up with short distances at first, then gradually increase the distance as your body becomes more relaxed.
People are performing two movements at the same time.
People use their bodies, which rotate horizontally, and their arms, which move vertically, to pitch (exercise).
I believe that by helping people understand this, it will be easier for them to understand and accept sportscasting more deeply.
※ As a side note…most people’s casting form is a medium to short range type, not the long range type motion that pitchers and outfielders use.
No matter how hard you try to throw the ball, if your body is not in the right position, you will not be able to exert your power.
(Sports Casting) Form Overview
First, take a deep breath and turn your chest slightly upward, not vertically.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your right leg pulled back slightly, so that your body is facing diagonally to the right.
If your chest is vertical at the beginning, you will not be in a position to throw far.
Next, shift your weight to your right leg as you… Open your chest wide and focus on your back muscles and shoulder blade side.
The height of the elbows should be approximately the same as the line of the shoulders, being careful not to contract them too low.
Now your chest muscles will be greatly stretched, your back muscles will be full of strength, and your body will be in a state just like right before you shoot an arrow.
Another way to describe it is similar to the posture of pull-ups or weightlifting.
There is no such thing as an athlete with a hunched back or contracted upper body on the bars or in weightlifting.
This is an overview, so I won’t go into detail, but this is my current idea of an ideal top.
Once the rod is set there, the rest is easy! All you have to do is shift your weight to your left foot… turn your body, and swing the rod back to the finishing position… in the shortest distance possible.
Keep your chest up at the finish and do not tilt your body axis in the direction of the throw at the finish.
As I briefly explained, the sports swing is quite simple and does not require any detailed techniques to cast.
(It's true... each sport has its own specialized skills, but what I need for my sports casting is just the basics of other sports.)
I barely use my hands and arms.
One last piece of information that may surprise you: sport casting is about using your entire body to throw, not relying on your arms or hands.
This is because, unlike other athletes, anglers use a tool called a rod. This is because the rod is the arm and hand that makes the lure fly farther.
Existing casts that actively use the arms and hands may look powerful and cool, but we believe that the force generated is small for the flashy action, and fatigue is high.
Professional pitchers don’t rely on their hands and arms either.
Even professional baseball pitchers are now pitching with their whole body, putting as little stress on their arms and hands as possible.
Watch videos of lessons by Masumi Kuwata and Kimiyasu Kudo, and among current players, young Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto of Orix, to get a taste of the latest theory and thinking.
It was truly amazing… And it was very informative. In particular, Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s training was very different from the baseball training I had been doing.
His quest to become one of the best pitchers in Japan by incorporating his own javelin training, heavy ball training, bridge training, etc. is amazing! I think he is a real professional despite his young age.
(However, as Yoshinobu Yamamoto himself said, it’s not enough to be able to do the above training; you have to do it in order to train your body and understand how to use it more deeply.)
(If I just do this, I’ll be able to pitch great! Don’t be fooled by shallow-thinking, short-sighted, commercialistic people)
The important thing is to be flexible, have a broad perspective, and keep thinking, without denying all possibilities.
Rather than relying on his arms and hands… Please take a look at the form and fastball of the new generation of Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who pitches with his body as his mainstay!
Specifically, the body is brought to the front while the foot is stepped forward. At that time, the upper arm and hand are only pulled by the body and follow it, and only swing out at the end.
Instead of throwing the ball with his arms, he appears to be pushing the ball with his back.
Do you really think it is the right choice for us Angler to keep throwing with our hands and arms (even though we use better tools (rods) than our hands and arms) when even professional pitchers use their bodies to throw?
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