I love these drum sticks, it's all about the feel they are perfectly balanced. The 5b's work well with my big hands, good thickness, Lenght, weight and produce a great drum tone. The grips feel good and bring a more positive and clean sound to the drum heads. It's just enough grip, a little more couldn't hurt... just my opinion! Vic Firth have always been my go to sticks. Drummers with small hands may want to try the 5a's they are thinner and a bit lighter. I hope the gripping lasts a long time but only time will tell as I have only been using these sticks for about two weeks now! I am very happy with these sticks they deliver consistently smooth clean stroking with increased speed and accuracy! I will definitely buy more. My tip: Buy them at Sam Ash, get free shipping! Everyone else charges the same price for the sticks + you pay for shipping.