No, you don't. They help to protect the head, but they will affect both feel and sound. I like them if they're thin enough. I think the head sounds better with it. I use a felt beater, so the patch adds a bit of extra transient attack. For someone using a wooden beater, a patch of some sort is required, otherwise the head won't last very long.do you need to add that stickers type of thing that the beater hits?
Yep, tiny threads of the felt become enmeshed in the...well... mesh and they slowly pull the head apart over time and the results are not pretty.Wow really? I've never used a mesh head before. I would have never guessed.