Most rods come with a handle made from either cork, foam, or some combination of both. Anglers choose the feel of their handle strictly by personal preference. You can also choose from a longer or shorter handle depending on the distance you are hoping to cast. A longer handle allows the angler to put both hands on the rod and rip it out there a mile. Shorter handles on your fishing rod are great for roll casting, casting with one hand, or looking for a precise cast at a shorter distance. There are also some rods that come with a “pistol” or “split” grip for targeting a precise cast at a short distance and giving the rod an overall lighter weight.