I like the rod handle to be 10 to 12 inches long. A split grip is nice, but not necessary for me. The length of the grip has more importance to me. The pistol grip of the past is just too short for me, I landed a 4.5 pound bass with one and it was quite a chore with so little leverage. On the other hand, once the grip gets past 14 inches the rod handling becomes crowded on the tube IMHO.