The extra handle is pretty cool. I did what Stan suggested and skipped the first guide when using it, since the first guide on the mid section is not the oversized first guide on the first section. I don't know if it really would have made a difference, because I was not shooting much line anyway. It might have if I was shooting out a lot. He said he could put a larger guide there if I wanted it, but I decided I could live with it the way it was.