Hi Matthew, welcome aboard! Like Mark says, I'm sure it'll even itself up with practise. It is a bit different when you start using shorter rods, but once you're used to it, rod length becomes quite unimportant. I probably cast almost as far with 7' rods as I do with 9. If you're using lures within a rods (real) casting range then shorter rods are just as capable, if it's all balanced.