Re: Oak sticks - bad for your hand?
Are oak sticks bad for your hands? I don't know. A friend of mine has been using them for years, with apparently no issues. I tried them years ago, and I didn't like the feel at all, plus I noticed a mild case of hand fatigue and soreness which I had never experienced before after some long rehearsals. I ditched the oak, stuck with hickory (and maple once in a while), and have been fine ever since. Some just seem to do fine with them, while others have issues. Maybe you're just in the latter group.
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