It can be for some folks who like fairly light impact play, but you do have to be careful a-swinging it. This toy does have fabulous capacity for really pelting blows. I would suggest a careful hand and a very gradual increase in pressure while using. The soft and light range of possibility is big, and so is the cringe-worthy range. However, there is barely any distance between these. Be very careful on those middle-pressure pelts.Not terribly good for a beginner, spend a lot of time with spanking and floggers first.
i love this paddle. It's a great warm up or build up from bare hand to a harder and more intense implement. It's also great to use on its own because of the varied pressure that can be applied.