I bought this paddle hoping to be a two-sided player with different rubber on each side, which was not possible with ordinary penholds. Unexpectedly, however, I found that the uniquely protruded cork grip on the back (unused) side gives me extra stability and control (with two fingers curled around it). It's particularly useful for backhand stroke and drive. I like it so much, and after a few months, I found myself too accustomed to this grip and cannot play as well with the ordinary penhold paddle that I also have (more expensive than the Light-Carbo). So, I'll probably be stuck with this paddle for long (or forever). This is, however, my experience and anybody interested will have to try himself/herself. Personally, I highly recommend it.