As per title, what's the advantage of using a 14' rod over a 13' rod - with a multiplier and the rod would be a multiplier rod.
i agree with you m8 ,i think its all down to leverage .Longer rods offer greater tip speed (in right hands).
Change your question to - whats advantage of a 4ft rod versus a 14ft rod?, and it makes sense as you would struggle to get any real distance with a 4ft rod as you cannot gain the same tip speed. That said as the rod gets longer the point of pivot/fulcrum (your top hand) stays the same and it is harder to apply power to the cast; imagine you now had a 24ft rod and you would hardly be able to control a powerful cast. It all depends on your build/strength/technique etc so its realy a matter of personal choice; what suits one person may not suit the next.
saw a chap using a 19ft rod on sunday. his steady o/h thump was putting his bait out further than most, and he was a fair old age and partially disabled.
FUNNY how they have changed .Here's a link to a page with a downloadable interview with Terry carroll who is saying much the same things as Phil Hyde.
Some other tackle manufacturers ought to listen to it too.
You wouldnt be refering to BHNG rings at all Phil?, personally cant stand them :yucky: ,all my rods fitted with Zircons,altho do like the new Alconites on my mates Zzipy...Prhaps U.K. rodbuilders could also come up-to-date, like the rest of the world, by using rings 'n things from the 21st century, rather than from two-thirds of the way through the last century!!