Standard beaded ropes can wear through quickly, sending plastic beads flying off like little missiles. Deluxe Beaded Jump Ropes have rubber-like surgical tubing at the bottom-center where the rope impacts the ground. This has two advantages; first, the tubing “absorbs” the impact with the ground on each rotation, ending the ground-to-bead abrasion that destroys beads. Second, since the rubbery material is softer than the hard plastic beads, missed jumps that strike the head or legs sting a little less. So, take the fear out of learning to jump with ropes that last 4 times at long!