This jug reminds me of the old wood rung campus boards but as a jug. You get a full 3 finger pads deep on a dowel-like feeling jug. With that said, the top of the hold is dead-level which has about 3 1/3 finger pads wide. For a small hand, you might have some trouble engaging your thumb, so it will end up thumb-catching the edge of the jug stacked up against your pointer finger. For the small hand, this hold excels as an open-handed jug. The larger hand will get the open-handed trait and you will be able to thumb catch should you choose to. It's an easier hold for a larger hand but let's be honest, it's a big easy jug for everyone. I chose this hold for my hangboard because I have small hands and I like hanging open-handed hanging without using my thumb.