I am new here -- new to drumming as well. I am female, age 58.
I am using size 7A drumsticks -- I've tried 5A and 5B, and although they feel comfortable and balanced in my hand, they don't feel comfortable when I'm playing. I feel like they are too large and heavy.
The 7A's fit my hands, and although they don't feel as powerful as the 5's, they feel best when playing. I have maple and hickory ones.
I recently purchased a pair of Vic Firth 5AN hickory with plastic tips, and I love them. They sound more powerful and feel better than the wooden tips.
So I'm curious to know -- what is your favorite stick and why?