My Dad had a wooden paddle with holes bored into it. Now, I can't say I got spanked every day, and most of the time I did it was just a bend-over-the-knee with hand kind of spank. BUT when I truly deserved it (like saying awful words over and over) I got the paddle. It hurt, of course, but it was an effective way to make me behave. I would never use a paddle on my own child, but I do think spanking is effective if it isn't used out of anger or just abuse.