When I was younger I used a tan real feel while working through my drum corp obsession. I always noticed how sluggish my hands felt after getting on a real drum after a week with a pad. "I was just shedding these cheeses and now they're awful!" After some research I found that a number of players experienced this and took to calling it "pad hands". Those same forums were busy with chatter about this pad and so I bought the 1st generation. Problem solved. I've since gone to school for classical and I now freelance on kit often. This thing is invaluable. I feel like ever drummer / percussionist ought to own one. Way better than any real feel, vader, VF, or similar type of pad.