Keep in mind it may be mental to a certain degree - you are thinking the top sheet will be slippery since it is glossy and are allowing it to psych you out. A stomp pad will alleviate that mental issue by giving you comfort that your foot will stick. Eventually you likely won't need it. I know I installed one first thing on my first board which I rode for years. Didn't install one on my current board and haven't noticed the difference at all.