After starting on a good quality recreational paddle a year ago, then buying a used Stiga with Mk V rubber, I purchased the Ma Lin carbon soft combo special with Mk V GPS rubber. I was concerned that this paddle could be too fast for my playing level. It is faster than what I was used to, however, It has a great feel, good control, and a subtle response. The flared handle is a bit smaller and slightly shorter then the legend handle on my Stiga, but the Stiga feels bulky compared to the Yasaka. So, even if you are a developing player like I am, the Ma Lin carbon soft is a good choice. BTW, Five Stars for Paddle Palace customer service.