Playing drums can be rough on drumsticks. Banging rimshots and hitting at the wrong angle adds to normal wear. When this happens, drummers are stuck playing with slippery or splintered sticks. While buying new drumsticks is an option, there are also things you can do to fix drumsticks.
Fix damaged or splintered sticks with one of the sticky products like StickShield™. The tape-like material applies a protective covering to damaged sticks to keep you from getting splinters.
Replace damaged tips that often result from heavy cymbal playing. Jazz drummers, in particular, tend to hard on tips. You can find shield products to fix tips, but you also might want to consider buying sticks with more durable nylon tips.