I agree with Earl, especially on phase 1. Earl is describing the same thing as when I say get it out in front of you eyes or forehead. This is arguably one of the hardest things to do in casting.... WAIT ON IT...lolThe left hand pull is a progressive increase of speed and power, with changing direction.
If you start pulling hard too early in the cast you will pull it over the top, this happens because the right hand is not in position for the BIG PULL.
The cast is more of a PUSH-UP then PULL, than a PUSH and PULL. When you PUSH-UP and lock your right hand in place (extended fully), this will give the left hand something to pull against (that seesaw effect).
Always extend your left hand fully (locked in) before you turn into the cast.
I call the left hand pull my THREE PHASE STROKE, around down and in.
Phase (1) AROUND
This phase is more speed and control than power. This is when you pull the rod butt around the corner (in front of you) setting it up for the BIG HIT.
Phase (2) DOWN
This is the beginning of the power stroke, pulling the butt down to your chest height, leaving your hand as far away from your chest as possible.
Phase (3) IN
This is were the violence begins!!! Pulling the rod into the chest, Center-to-Right Brest, (break a rib).
This must be done with one progressive seamless motion. WAPP!!