When I first started shooting I used a wrist strap trigger release, I used it for hunting, 300 round, and 3d tourneys. I switched to a thumb trigger release (T type) and just felt a whole lot more stable. Now I shoot everything with this style release and even hunt with it. I think that most guys use the wrist strap release because..... they have a wrist strap, dont have to worry about losing it. I shoot a truball and they offer a type of wrist strap that hooks on to the release. I am actually thinking of switching to a back tension release for 300 and 3d (for my own reasons). If you are curious about hand held releases I suggest that you try one maybe you'll like it maybe you won't. But with any kind of release get one with good quality...you usually end up paying for a good one but your release is everything so for your own good don't skimp.