Originally Posted by wildbill
Use nylon. If your wood tips get splinters, they'll eventually tear up the heads.
Never in my life have I heard that one (wait, you were joking right)?
To the OP- it's absolutely true about having to use plastic beaters on mesh bass drum heads but I've used wood tips on my mesh heads for years without a trace of damage (as long as your mesh is 2-ply or greater you should be fine).