I was torn between this combo and the tickle stick with the white free fall ghost, mainly due to the grip difference on the rods. I ended up buying this combo knowing the rubberbands would be difficult to install but it was worth it. The free fall ghost reel is awesome, smooth action and the free fall lever is a nice feature. The split Tennessee grip is perfect. If you use the pencil grip, the arch inside your thumb rests directly on the pole for great bite detection. No complaints here!