I had an excellent opportunity to compare the two yesterday.
My significant other came in from a month long trip Sunday. I had forgotten to get bread when I picked up a few items for her the day before she arrived. There were a few other things she was not happy about as well.
Yesterday morning she told me to go get a couple of her paddles. I had to upstairs and retrieve two of her favorite paddles and make the humiliating trip back down the stairs knowing my ass was about get reacquainted with these bad boys.
She chose the smooth oak one that I dislike the most and put the other more tolerable one aside. I was wearing a thin pair of running shorts and was made to bend over the bed with them up. Forty or fifty ( I lost count) hard swats with no warm up and very little protection later I sincerely regretted not having a better memory. Then the order came, pants down, so I got to compare little protection vs no protection. Another fifty or so hard licks were applied and I can testify they were twice a bad. True I had already had a hard paddling before I received the bare bottom one but usually after a couple of dozen swats the pain levels off for me. So i think it was an accurate comparison.
She then proceeded to paddle my balls until I ejackulated the gave me about two more minuets of hell right on the balls. I am glad we have no close neighbors as was singing some terrible opera by the end of that two minuets.