Whack! Ow! Whack! Ow! Whack! Ow! How many smacks of my palm did it take before I learned to quit smacking my palm? Too many. Seems I'm used to crappy crops that don't hurt at all and usually don't even have that hot smacking sound. This one is different. Real leather, real whack!, real pain. Also has a great rubber grip that is comfy and easy to hang on to, so no need to worry about the crop flying out of your hand.