Pro Mark Active Grip

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savage8190

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Just thought I'd post about these sticks as I've never seen them in a store before. My drum teacher gave me a pair of Pro Mark Active Grip sticks and I gotta say, they are phenomenal! The whole stick is dipped is some kind of grippy stuff (that's the technical term), but it's a very thin coating and it really doesn't effect the feel of the wood a whole lot...it's JUST enough to keep the stick from sliding. (FWIW I hate dipped sticks) Apparently with heat and moisture the grip increases...I don't get sweaty hands but that's a neat feature for those who do. I just ordered up a couple more pairs. If you're unfamiliar with Pro Mark they come in both a "rebound" and "forward" weighted variety...I really like the rebound but heavy hitters may be more into the forward.

Try out a pair if you get the chance!
 

Yoshinya

Senior Member
Just thought I'd post about these sticks as I've never seen them in a store before. My drum teacher gave me a pair of Pro Mark Active Grip sticks and I gotta say, they are phenomenal! The whole stick is dipped is some kind of grippy stuff (that's the technical term), but it's a very thin coating and it really doesn't effect the feel of the wood a whole lot...it's JUST enough to keep the stick from sliding. (FWIW I hate dipped sticks) Apparently with heat and moisture the grip increases...I don't get sweaty hands but that's a neat feature for those who do. I just ordered up a couple more pairs. If you're unfamiliar with Pro Mark they come in both a "rebound" and "forward" weighted variety...I really like the rebound but heavy hitters may be more into the forward.

Try out a pair if you get the chance!
What size are the ones your teacher gave you? As far as I know, only the Mike Portnoy and Rich Redmond signature models are the only ones officially available, and I don't think they do forward and rebound balance versions of those. I want a 747 with Active Grip so badly.
 
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savage8190

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What size are the ones your teacher gave you? As far as I know, only the Mike Portnoy and Rich Redmond signature models are the only ones officially available, and I don't think they do forward and rebound balance versions of those. I want a 747 with Active Grip so badly.
I think the closest you'd get are the Portnoy's (which is what my teacher uses and swears by) or the 5A, which is what I use. The 747 is a thick/short taper which is basically what a "forward" is I think... They are pretty new, maybe they will release more sizes if the gain traction.
 

BradGunnerSGT

Silver Member
What size are the ones your teacher gave you? As far as I know, only the Mike Portnoy and Rich Redmond signature models are the only ones officially available, and I don't think they do forward and rebound balance versions of those. I want a 747 with Active Grip so badly.
They are available everywhere now. They have them at Guitar Center. I got a pair of 5A Rebound AG sticks last week and used them at a gig last night.

The irony is that I have been using the Jojo Mayer sticks (which are really short 5A's) for about a year, and last night I caught the tip of my right stick on something and it went flying. I guess I got used to the shorter sticks. The first time I've dropped a stick during a gig in about 15 years and it happened to be a stick with a new coating designed to improve grippiness. ;P

I did like the feel of the coating, though. I will buy another pair or two.
 

EvansSpecialist

Silver Member
Just thought I'd post about these sticks as I've never seen them in a store before. My drum teacher gave me a pair of Pro Mark Active Grip sticks and I gotta say, they are phenomenal! The whole stick is dipped is some kind of grippy stuff (that's the technical term), but it's a very thin coating and it really doesn't effect the feel of the wood a whole lot...it's JUST enough to keep the stick from sliding. (FWIW I hate dipped sticks) Apparently with heat and moisture the grip increases...I don't get sweaty hands but that's a neat feature for those who do. I just ordered up a couple more pairs. If you're unfamiliar with Pro Mark they come in both a "rebound" and "forward" weighted variety...I really like the rebound but heavy hitters may be more into the forward.

Try out a pair if you get the chance!
Glad you're enjoying ActiveGrip!

What size are the ones your teacher gave you? As far as I know, only the Mike Portnoy and Rich Redmond signature models are the only ones officially available, and I don't think they do forward and rebound balance versions of those. I want a 747 with Active Grip so badly.
These are available in 7A, 5A, and 5B in addition to the signature stick models.
 

drummer-russ

Gold Member
Our member Evans Specialist sent me a pair a while ago before they were out. Thanks! I did find the grip to work very well. Apparently they use the coating on nearly the whole length because people turn sticks around. However this feature is why I don't use them. The coating chips off and makes quite a mess. I would have been more inclined to use them if the coating stopped about halfway. But the grip really is good!
 

wraub

Well-known member
[zombie thread revival]

Anybody used these sticks recently?

I've been using an old pair of Zildjian Dip sticks, but these came up as an option... I'm curious re: if the "grippiness" is maintained with sweating hands, and if the coating still comes off.
Of course, any opinions are welcome.
 
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