Buddy Rich defends the traditional left hand grip and he couldn’t be more wrong. That being said, there aren’t many drummers that have changed the tides of percussion as Mr. Rich has and disagreeing with one of the legends is not easy. Sure he can do that cool one handed single stroke roll as well as other awesomeness, but is what one gains from tricks worth what you’d lose in efficiency? If you want to get the best sound out of your drums, play the best fills you can, and maximize your playing potential, you must play efficiently. Buddy changed his grip to to make it easier to move around the drumset, and most drumset players alter then playing to accommodate the traditional setup of the drumset. There is a deeper issue, instead of changing your grip to accommodate the set, change the set to accommodate the more logical match grip. Get creative and don’t be scared to branch away from the traditional by changing up your setup to eliminate snare-hi-hat crossover and wing yourself off to a path of efficiency. Playing more efficient will help you groove harder and play more funky. Although, there is no denying that there is something about playing with that weird left grip that feels good, we love, and that will never die.