I've played exclusively open hand since i started playing drums. I began when i was 13 and I'm 27 now. Its not that i chose to play that way, its just whats natural to me. I havent really found anything that I'm limited on because of it other than having to mount my ride on the left side of my kit just over my hihat, but i wouldnt call that a limitation. I'm not classically trained by any means and I play by ear. I learned to play simply by watching and listening to others. I'm just wondering how many out there play open hand like me.