The rod comes with a full grip, what that means is the reargrip is not split but one piece, and the forgrip is present and full. Most rods now come with a split rear grip and a shortened or nonexistent forgrip so the angler can contact the blank with his finger before it touches the cork. Even though the HMG does not have these features, it has a blank through handle design. This enables the angler to touch exposed blank on the backside of the handle for more sensitivity. So the rod is very aesthetically pleasing, but to most people that is not as important as to how it’s going to fish.