Re: Oak sticks - bad for your hand?
The quick way to see if it's the stick or not is to try another pair of sticks that aren't oak.
I suspect it might be the stick. I've heard of people with issues using oak sticks in the past. I have a pair that I practice with sometimes and I do notice that I have more fatigue after using those than using hickory sticks.
Amateurs practice until they get it right.
Pros practice until they can't get it wrong.