I always had lessons - my teacher used to keep an eye on it if I started hitting badly, but now i'm self teaching so I clearly need to work on my technique again.I'm guessing that as well, which is why I asked if the OP has taken lessons or is self taught. A good teacher will keep an eye on their student's technique, and help prevent injury resulting from poor technique. I've seen enough self-taught drummers with poor technique either limiting their ability to play by developing bad habits or, worse, injuring themselves because of it. I can't say I know more than a couple of self-taught drummers who have good technique and have not injured themselves from playing.
Thanks guys for shedding some light on this! I just wanted to here of some of your experiences.
Yes I have rubber tom pads. I agree, I feel that even with loose grip they kind of effect me after long periods. Maybe it's worth investing in mesh pads?Is your electric kit rubber pads or mesh? Mesh is much more forgiving. Beating on rubber pads for hours will give anyone tendinitis. If you have rubber pads, consider using Zildjian's Anti Vibe sticks. They work wonders when you have to play on rubber pads for more than 30 seconds.