How can you play with proper technique when you're hitting that hard?
actually damage like this shows i'm using the right technique for a rimshot. all the energy is staying at the stick and not going into my hands...i pretty much let go of the stick at the very moment of impact...so no injuries.
anyone who claims they never break sticks because they always use the 'right' techniques has seriously not experienced the live drumming of many pros. depending on the style and song a pro drummer will often get through some sticks in a single performance.