I'm new to pole dancing and I decided to invest on simply one of the best poles made. I did a lot of research before I decided to buy. At first, I had an xpole sport 40mm in chrome at home, since lots say that it's better pole for small hands to give better grip. But trying out the pole at the studio during class where we're using a 50mm pole. I find the 50mm easier for learning leg grips. So, I've decided to have something not too wide and not too thin for the above reasons (hand grip + leg grip). I'm not saying it's not easy to do leg grips on thinner poles but it's just for me, since I'm still a beginner. I bought this lovely titanium gold xpert 45mm pole and I'm very pleased indeed. The finish is not only aesthetically pretty but the grip is better for me since I've got sweaty hands. The spinning mode is a big plus factor, makes your routine look 200% sexier and more like a pro. This is definitely a good buy.