This football is fantastic if you are trying to show someone how to throw one for the first time. The tackified surface makes it much easier for "first timers" when the attempt throwing it properly due to the fact that you don't have to squeeze it too tight just to hold it. when releasing the ball and creating the perfect spiral throw, the user is more focused on the motion that dropping the ball. Even on the beach, the tackified surface doesn't break down. Great product!