Originally Posted by jimS
The number one reason for an open loop is his third principle, a long speed up before the stop.
Clearly there is an interpretation issue here. Tournament casters display some of the tightest possible loops of any casters anywhere - yet they strive for the longest "speed up" before the stop possible.
I also find some of the most powerful and tight loops with good shape for long casts to come from applying the longest stroke possible provided the stop is correct.
In the text I have read from Lefty, he is consistently advocating long strokes.
Wouldn't this be contradictory if in fact your #1 reason was true?
thanks, great discussion