it is the same rod and lure. before this rod I've used an 11 foot daiwa super shinobi; with a little practice I now cast the same lure as far with the grauvell. It's down to technique, stick at it and you'll be fine, I find the advantages of the shorter rod (lure contact an control) far outweigh the imagened disadvantages (casting distance)Hi Matthew, I tried what I believe is the same rod a few weeks back when I met Mike Newman locallly. I can't remember what lure he was using at the time but it could have even been the same lure. Whatever lure it was it was fairly easy to cast a long way (by lure standards) but I tend to use shorter rods most of the time. It might be as others have said your casting style needs some adjustment. Have you tried similar comparisons with other lures?