You see the pair of drumsticks in this picture?
In my opinion they have absolutely seen better days!! But I know many a drummer out there that loves playing with drumsticks like these that have been beat to death.
I understand that they have been worn in and would then have a nice feeling and perhaps nice rebound.
But I just honestly can't understand how drummers look past all of that and continue to play with sticks that are so worn and so broken like this. If anything, drumsticks that have frayed like that are not only a hazard and dangerous. But they also weigh you down in a way that is quite impossible to explain.
I suppose it comes down to aerodynamics in a way. A new drumstick that is smooth will glide through the air. But the frayed drumsticks almost act like a propeller. and the sticks flies in different directions which I can't handle or control.
But hey, if you're a drummer and playing with stick like this works. Then good for you! No sarcasm or anything intended. I genuinely find it impressive that drummers are able to play with sticks like this!