Well let's see....I have a rubber grip on my S&W 586 and I just put a cheap set of rubber grips on my 1911 with palm swells to try that feature out. If I like it I'll buy a set of wood grips. I'm not real particular. I like the rubber on the 586 cause the stock anvil grips sucked. The rubber grip absorbs a lot of recoil of the 357 mag cartridge so they stayed. Rubber or wood.... It all depends on the pistol.