Of course coming a bit unravelled on the delivery is not quite the same as making a considered choice to use a 40' stroke for a 60' shot. Know where you are coming from though
Who's talking about it being a choice.......?
Seems like we might have some crossed wires to separate.
In sequence, I posted earlier (#35) about a caster taking a 60' shot....
"Leaving the world of possibilities and returning briefly to planet probability. Sixty feet away is the target for a covering cast. Skinny water, nervous fish. One shot deal. Two false casts would be a generous allowance. Hauls and shoots permitted. Let's assume 60' is well within the comfort zone of the caster. Who in their right mind would use a 40' stroke for a 60' cover? When exactly, in a fishing context, would it be otherwise?"
Your following post (#36) mentioned "Anyone with buck fever", which I took to be in response to my questions.
I didn't define the full implications of being well within a casting comfort zone but I would take it to include a fair range of choice over how the shot was taken. In my comfort zone I can choose what combination of stroke arc, hauling, carry and shooting would be used. It is done by a process less plodding than conscious, cognitive choice but it is definitely a choice. In the scenario I outlined accuracy would be the primary consideration so I couldn't and can't imagine why anyone would choose to punch the shot instead of deploying a smoother delivery combination.
I certainly don't know what, exactly and exhaustively, is going on when buck fever leads to a duffed shot that would otherwise be routinely comfortable to execute. In fact it raises some very interesting questions of sensory motor control, cognition, impulse and so on. What I do know is that exposure reduces the influence of impulse and adrenalin so that implies systemic adjustment including sensory motor and cognitive adjustment. Last cast syndrome is also interesting, even in the absence of any buck fever stressors.
So the answer to your question is that I was talking about choice and in the context I outlined. When buck fever breaks out it would certainly change the context and quite possibly constrain choice and it is certainly common enough in a fishing context. Introducing it, however, does change the comfort zone context, hence my comment that coming unravelled on [a buck fervered] delivery is not quite the same. When buck fever takes over it does challenge the ability to stay in one's right