PRO-MARK MARCO MINNEMAN HICKORY WOOD TIP. The most preferred hickory for drumsticks comes from the Southeastern United States. The specific gravity of hickory is 0.82 at 15 percent moisture content. It is considered to be a “hardwood” even though it is not as dense or heavy as oak. This does not make hickory better or worse than oak. It’s just different. That difference becomes a personal preference for the drummer. Hickory is an extremely resilient hardwood and offers excellent shock absorption margins, which helps the stick resist breaking.