If you are referring to the controversial comments made by Tony in the Zildjian Day video from the 80s ... he was talking about how he often doesn't use rebound and how gripping the sticks from the front was a "willy nilly" technique.The thumb/index fulcrum...is like closing a door near the hinges. Not the best way. Using the back fingers gives me way more leverage. Like closing a door by the doorknob
I value your input greatly. Respectfully, in your opinion, where did I misunderstand Tony?
He was saying that he grips the sticks with his back two fingers and opens up the front.
Which is something I've always done in certain situations as well
You may have been referring to something else ... but those are the comments that came to mind and are always what people mention when they talk about Tony's technique.
It is a commonly misunderstood comment
Tony presented it as sort of a blanket statement ... he surely didn't mean it the way many take it ... of course he uses rebound ... but if you watch him play he definitely is very much a wrist player