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Well, over gripping with your index finger can be a recipe for disaster re: bad technique and injury/overstrain. I know from experience. I've been retraining my grip for over a year with the help of JoJo Mayers DVD, which if I were you, I'd pick up right away. He explains all of the popular grips, (Moeller, etc.) in great detail.
In the meantime, I assume this over gripping/index finger thing is most prominent on your dominant hand. (not sure if you are playing matched or trad) Try leaving your index finger basically free and using your middle and ring fingers for the fulcrum point. This will result in a naturally looser grip and allow the stick to bounce more freely. It will feel sloppy for awhile, but with practice will feel natural. I've always noticed that guys using the Moeller correctly have the index finger fairly free of the stick, just apply it for control when needed. In addition it sounds like you may be playing too "palms up". If your hand is not in the correct position, techniques like the Moeller will not work and be frustrating.
I have found with the whipping motion, it helps for me to keep my wrists loose and to have the stick follow the motion. In other words, almost like my wrist is approaching the drum, then the hand, then the stick. For bigger hits, the arm, then the wrist, then the hand, then the stick. The dvd gives great slo-mo of this movement.
Because of years of abuse and overuse injuries, I have been dedicating much time to holding the stick as loosely as possible, without it falling out of my hand. For me, this has resulted in less fatigue, and better technique and playing. Less shock, much better rebound. When you are practicing, you should be hearing the wood of the stick "ring". If not, you are gripping too hard. Doesn't take much grip to hold on to the sticks. Listen for the "ring", if you don't hear it, stop, adjust your grip and start again. Don't keep playing with the tension. When you get this down, you'll be able to do this in real time when playing the kit without stopping.
Once again, I can't recommend the JoJo cd enough.
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