Originally Posted by notjohnbonham
....can a better pedal improve my technique?....
Kind of a tricky question. I'd say a qualified yes, to a small degree. But practice and technique is far more important.
The qualifier is defining 'better'. I had a very inexpensive, beginner's pedal, that I could really wail with. Not sure exactly why - probably a combination of size, spring tension, beater length/weight, and so on.
Anyways, the point is that most drummers would probably laugh at that pedal if you called it 'better'. But still, I could play faster, and it felt more natural, than some much more expensive pedals I've tried.