I mostly fish from the shore in relatively calm waters in Vineyard Sound, and do not need heavy tackle. What I want from TH is increased distance without undue wear on my 85-year-old shoulder. My TH cast is erratic, sometimes well over 100', others no more than I get with SH. When the latter occurs it makes me question why I am bothering with TH in the first place. Most of the fish I catch are school stripers well within casting range of SH. TH was an experiment to nurse a bad shoulder, and it worked. But, for now, I no longer need it and am going to put the rod in storage. Thanks for your interest.