I've had alot of students, some that have taken lessons from other teachers and I've found that 80% of them hold their sticks wrong. The stick is often gripped by the forefinger, which I believe to be wrong. The balance point should be in the first fulcrum of the middle finger, with the forefinger draping over. That way the other fingers act as a pulley. Check out what Freddy Gruber has to say about this and let me know what y'all think. Check out my vids on myspace.