Drum Tips - Weighted Drumsticks? – No!
Speed and precision in technique require long, lean, dancer type muscles NOT bulky weightlifter-type muscles. Practicing with heavy sticks will tend to desensitize your hands, when you should be looking to increase your sensitivity.
I remember as a young drummer, reading a letter to Hal Blaine published in Modern Drummer magazine. Someone wrote in asking Hal if he thought practicing on a pillow was a good idea. The theory being that because a pillow is soft, with no rebound, it forces your muscles to “create” the rebound - working to lift the stick as well as create the down stroke.
Hal’s response has stayed with me all these years. “Practicing on a pillow is fine, if you want to learn to play the pillow.”
If you want to play the drums, you should practice on the drums! (or a reasonable facsimile such as the remo practice pads)
My personal favorite practice pad is a small (4” x 4” x 2” high) block of Lignum Vite (Iron Wood) with a 2” diameter piece of rubber in the middle that has rebound characteristics very similar to a well tensioned 14” snare drum. I have carried it with me for years, it is very quiet and convenient to use for warming up before a gig or just practicing some stick control wherever you happen to be stuck with 10 or 15 minutes to spare.