Handle is slightly shorter than normal & their is room before the rubber starts. This allows comfortable grip in the Penhold style without covering any Rubber. Having ordered 2 bats, both arrived with an individual case to protect the rubber, but one of the bats had delaminated (Wood separated). A replacement or refund was offered, and as I wanted the bats to use, a replacement was quickly with me. Good intermediate bats for home use, with lots of spin. May buy again.