These Maple DIP models are treated with a double coating of Zildjian's exclusive DIP grip. This provides a desirable back-weighting to the stick that is particularly noticeable in the lightweight maple models. If you are looking for a stick that gives you the maximum grip to relax your hands and still be light enough to fly, Maple DIP's are for you. Maple wood provides a lightweight alternative to Hickory. Maple sticks produce dark tones on your instruments and offer a softer feel. Supplement your favorite stick with a maple version to give your playing a different, yet very familiar treatment.