Re: anybody hit this hard?
Geez, what you guys do to a drumstick!!
I haven't broken one yet (the experimental eucalyptus sticks didn't count because that's totally inappropriate material for the use!) ... but the tips on all my sticks are going flat on one side. I don't hold my sticks very tight, so I'd assume they turn in my hands and aren't always hitting with the same spot, but I've got 4 pairs of sticks, all of them with a flat spot on the tip.
I got a beautifully chewed-up stick from one of Kenny Aronoff's shows ... I now have one of my own that almost matches it, but it took me months of playing to get there!
Don't mess with the little lady drummer!!!