Innovation meets performance in one of the most dynamic changes in baitcaster design, the groundbreaking Daiwa T-Wing System (TWS). A cutting edge re-invention of traditional levelwind systems, TWS set a new benchmark in casting ease, distance, and performance when it was released to the world in 2011 in the T3 baitcaster.
Unique in its design and highly advanced in function and performance TWS delivered a new way of thinking when it came to baitcaster design. Evolving thinking away from solely focusing on a reel’s braking mechanism to improve casting performance, TWS was a system that was centred on improving levelwind design and function to achieve improvements in casting performance and line control.
Fueled by the desire to constantly push the boundaries in design and performance Daiwa created a system, a new system, an innovative system, a system that challenged traditional thinking, concepts, and design.
TWS is Daiwa ingenuity as its finest, and casting performance at it’s most advanced. Technology to feel, and performance that stuns, TWS is ground breaking, game changing, and the beginning of a new era in casting performance.
Baitcasters have long challenged reel designers, with the search for ultimate casting ease and performance at the forefront of reel design and evolution since the first baitcaster was created.
While reels have improved and technologies have evolved they have largely been driven by advances in spool design and spool control. Traditional centrifugal cast control systems blazed a path when it came to these improvements, and were soon follow by more technologically advanced systems.
Magnetic cast control systems came to the fore to deliver anglers greater casting accuracy, distance, reliability, and usability, and it was Daiwa that lead the way. Magforce broke new ground when it was released, to then be followed by Magforce V, improved upon again with Magforce Z, and more recently taken to another level again with Magforce 3D.
While reels such as the Pixy, Steez, and Z2020 set new standards in casting performance, they were advancements that were largely delivered courtesy of improvements in spool design and cast control systems.
The Daiwa T3 changed all this in 2011, and showed to the world that when it comes to casting performance Daiwa was the leader, and a leader that derived much of its newfound power and control from a revolutionary new levelwind system.
The Perfect Guide
Enter the T3 and its ground breaking T-Wing System. While advancements in cast control systems delivered improvements in casting performance they did so without addressing the roll that a reel’s lineguide/levelwind system plays in the casting process.
Traditional round-shaped levelwinds had always restricted casting distance and performance but with the introduction of the new “TWS” T-Wing System this limitation was gone, and gone for good.
A dramatic departure from the long held thinking on lineguide shape and size, TWS introduced a new T-shaped lineguide. A levelwind that was designed with consideration of all the elements of the casting and retrieve process, TWS was created with the objective of eliminating the impediments that had stifled casting performance for a very long time.
By replacing a comparatively small lineguide with a larger, wider, and less restrictive one, TWS allowed line to exit freely from the spool with minimal line angle, in turn significantly improving smooth line discharge and eliminating line friction, noise and wear. This evolution in design and performance allowed for more accurate casting, more natural lure presentation, a reduction in backlashes, and a greater reduction in angler effort.
The benefits of the T-Wing System don’t just lie within the casting phase, but also extend to the retrieve phase to significantly improve line control and line management. By laying line on the spool in a precise parallel formation T-Wing improves spool and reel stability by evenly distributing line weight across the spool. This allows the spool to spin with optimum balance, inturn maximising casting performance, and reel function.
During the cast and retrieve process the T-Wing System utilises the two “task specific” areas of the levelwind in two different and very important ways. When the reel is disengaged and in readiness for the casting phases the line moves into the wide, horizontal “casting area” located at the top of the T-Wing, and it’s here that the line exits through when a cast is made.
Designed to eliminate friction and resistance the TWS levelwind features a highly polished, frictionless, titanium surface that combines with the large opening to apply minimal line resistance, and achieve maximum line speed and casting distance.
Once the cast is completed and the reel is then re-engaged the line then moves into the narrow “retrieve area” at the bottom of the lineguide. As the reel is retrieved the line remains in the “retrieve area” and is laid across the spool in a precise, parallel formation.
Switching between the cast and retrieve phases in a silken-like manner TWS is a system that is seamless in action and eminently refined in form and function. Smooth and incredibly refined as is alternates between the casting and retrieving phases the outcome is a system that is immensely measured in function, and highly evolved and performance driven in design and in action.
A quantum leap forward in baitcaster design TWS delivers where many others have failed. Innovation at its most stunning and design simplicity at its best and most giving TWS takes casting ease, distance, and performance to a new, previously unseen level.
Heralding the dawn of a new era in baitcaster design, and the passing of an era dominated by backlashes, overruns and casting limitations, TWS is the beginning, the beginning of a new age in design, performance, and casting.