Rod action should be medium - not heavy or light, at least at first until you get the hang of it.
With thumb always lightly in contact with the spool as casting distance is achieved, there should be no backlash even into the wind.
The heavier the lure, the tighter the centrifugal brake. Magnetic brakes are fine (located on the opposite side of the reel), but the c. brake setting is crucial.
Give it another chance. I use baitcast, spincast and spinning reels interchangeably depending on lure, cover thickness and presentation.
(Of course your drag should be set no more than 3/4 of the lines breaking strength, the rod being the shock absorber.)