The Modified Special is to the Special in the same way the Modified Ottertail is to the Ottertail. In the Modified Special the shoulders of the blade are wider near the paddler's lower hand. This results in greater control and slightly more power when paddling. The Modified Special is ideal for paddlers who like the look and feel of the Special but find the narrow blade a little under-powered. This paddle is ideal for canoe tripping, lake paddling as well as soloing, the Modified Special is a beautiful well proportioned paddle which is lovely to paddle with.