First a little terminology.It's called a beater...not a hammer,and it's a drive chain or chain drive ..not a recoil.Those bass hoops look a bit shallowI took some pictures so you can see the problem I am having.... the hammer hits right in the center of the kick drum (22"), but the recoil is damaging the head. do I just have it re-coiling too far or what?
What size is the bass drum? That would play a factor in adjusting to hit the beat where you want.thanks for the replies. it is indeed the end of the shaft that is causing trouble. And I do, in fact, have the beater adjusted to strike the center of the drum. is this not correct? Finally, this is a vintage kit, maybe that is why the hoops are shallow? I can try to pull the pedal back, but it doesn't attach as well because the bumper won't be making contact, and it will be liable to wander. I don't see a way to move the cam back without moving the entire pedal back, unless I am missing something? Maybe I should get a piece of rubber to space out the pedal bumper? or I could have less re-coil altogether...what angle does your pedal rest at? I should point out that it took a few months of playing to go through the head like that...there is only a small bit of contact but over a few dozen hours of playing it finally ate through it.
Rather than extend the beater, I'd get a hacksaw and shorten the shaft. A shorter shaft is advantageous in many ways - it is easier to play more quietly, faster response and lighter weight. I have tried to play with a longer shaft - I call it the Frankenstein configuration, because it's so clumsy - and the only advantage is being able to play louder. Which not many other musicians consider an advantage.I think your beater needs to be extended out a bit. Whenever I see a pedal with the beater shortened like that, the pedal doesn't feel right to me. I have to have the additional weight to throw when the beater is put where it should be. I think you're trying to make sure the beater strikes the center of the head? With the extra weight of the extended beater hitting a little above the center, you will get the same effect. For me it messes up my bass drum technique to have the weight thrown off like that.
I also think your hoop is a little shallow and the pedal isn't far back enough. Which is really strange because hoops have been pretty standard as far as width goes for some time. Maybe you should try installing a wood hoop on the drum? I play Iron Cobras and I know there's nothing wrong with the pedal.