I just throw a snare-side head over the pillow.A pillow's great for developing strength and stamina, but it doesn't do too much for precision. When I feel like my technique is getting sloppy, I use the hard-rubber side of my old RealFeel. It's much better for perfecting drags and pinpointing each strike.
A compromise is a foam rubber stuffed seat cushion: a little bit of bounce but enough hardness to work on rebound. It’s also soft enough that strokes don’t damage “older drummer” joints!
Hmm...sounds weird. On first impression, sounds like the worst of both worlds: not as squishy as a pillow, not as firm as a practice pad. But I'll have to give it a shot.I just throw a snare-side head over the pillow.