Hi - I find thick sticks much easier on the grip that thin sticks and usually play the Vic Firth Thomas Langs. I don't play very fast and my technique is good - very relaxed grip and let the stick do all the work. These are most comfortable sticks I've ever tried and they sound amazing. Recently I'm finding that hours working on a computer are effecting my hands and I wondered if anyone has any ideas for a lighter option I could experiment with. THANKS.