At first I thought the grip was a little too fat for me, but once I got a lanyard on it and took a nice wrap, it really swings well and my grip was very secure. Also, my arm didn't get tired at all, like can happen with my Woodman's Pal. The Golok requires a lot less effort to do its job. It went right through this 4-1/2 - 5" poplar, all from the same swinging direction. Trimmed it up and now I have some green wood to play with. I should have taken a saw out back and stayed there a while, but didn't expect to make such short work of the tree with the Golok.