Again, some of you like to argue, however, someone did asked what or why we have paddle shifters... (This will include the Odyssey minivan also.) While I'm happy for you that you have no use for yours...others might. I use mine from what I mentioned above. That's what they are for... to be able to select certain forward gears out of your 9 speed or 10 speed automatic depending on which vehicle you have (Odyssey (10 speed), Pilot (applies to 9 speed versions only), or Passport.) There is no other way to manually select a different forward gear without them.
If you don't know why or when you would have to, it's best to just leave vehicle in drive and not worry about it.