It depends on how you look at it. There are a great many people using the TiCrX 7/8 rods. Some of them are getting a little older and single hand casting a 7/8 rod all day may not be as pleasant as it once was. The idea as I understand it is to convert their existing rod into a switch rod so they can use both hands and lessen the strain on one's body.Very, very pricie. Just my .02 cents.