I used to have a drum kit but sold it years ago. I took lessons for 5 years. I got back into it over COVID. I still have my sticks but no kit and I don't think I can afford a practice pad right now. I have been just playing with my sticks like I would on a drum set but with just the air. I know that doing that is completely different than being on a kit but is that something that could screw up my playing in the long run? Also, does anyone have suggestions for cheap alternatives to drum pads?