Re: Stick coatings/Dropping sticks
Just a thought is all but maybe you're not focusing enough. I tend to only drop sticks when I lose focus or if I bump into a drum when going around the kit. If it's because you sweat a lot try using gloves. Drumming gloves, batting gloves etc. Something thin enough so you can feel the stick. or maybe take some fine grain sanding paper and rough up the end of your sticks. Or focus more on readjusting your grip as the sticks get closer to coming out of your hands. :)
As for those dipped sticks. No thanks. I used the ones from Zildjian, the yellow dip and brown sticks. They wore holes into my hands quicker than acid poured onto them. May work for you but keep them away from me lol!