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A ROUNDUP OF

DRUMSTICK GRIP AIDS UE

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D BY AJ all want better hands, and often think of our hands as the extension of our technique. But sticking is only half the battle, because your hands are only as good as your grip. Even minor changes in the way you hold a stick can deeply affect your playing. That’s why it’s so important to maintain a comfortable, stable hold on your sticks. But for some, that’s easier said than done. Injuries, sweat, dryness, fatigue, and flaws in technique can all result in a less secure grip. So, for those of you struggling with slips, drops, or excess wiggle, we’ve put together an in-depth look at a few of the many products designed to help your handle. In preparing for this article, we scoured the drumming world and collected a representative sampling of six unique grip enhancement agents. We’ll

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take a look at each, and then list a few similar products in case you’d like to explore related options. One note before we dive in: Every drummer’s hands are different, which makes every drummer’s grip different. It’s important to remember that if you think enhancing your grip will make playing easier, take time to really assess where the problem in your hands lies. That way you can make a more

AHEAD GRIP TAPE

Let’s start with a tried and true classic: tape. Drummers have been wrapping butts with athletic tape for decades, and, thankfully, the drumming industry took notice. As a result, plenty of stick-specific tape options are available today. Ahead’s Grip Tape feels like a mix of rubber and fabric. It’s

soft and slightly elastic, but also strong and durable. The tape actually includes very little adhesive on it. Instead it has a small strip of adhesive backing that adheres to the butt-end of the stick. Once you wrap the stick, you can use a separate strip of thin adhesivebacked tape to attach the other end of the tape. Otherwise, it stays in place using nothing but friction generated by a textured underside.

Ahead’s Grip Tape is a classic solution in black, white, or red.

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informed decision about which product will help you most.

*While Super Glue is an effective adhesive, DRUM! Magazine does not recommend it as a grip aid.

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DRUM! Magazine December 2015  

Try a copy of DRUM! and learn to play better faster. The huge (144 pages) holiday issue features jazz triple grammy winner Teri Lyne Carring...

DRUM! Magazine December 2015  

Try a copy of DRUM! and learn to play better faster. The huge (144 pages) holiday issue features jazz triple grammy winner Teri Lyne Carring...