I gave this blade 3 stars mostly because of the smaller diameter handle. I believe this is the older style of Gambler's blades, and they're a bit small for me. The blade plays as it is marketed, with a generous amount of forgiveness and not a lot of punch. Definitely designed for the defensive player, as there's not a lot of rigidness or pop to it (hence the "flex" description). If you have smaller hands and have a defensive style, this is a consistent performer with a good flexible feel.
It is good control but vibrate on the one I bought!