I'm like you, I block my trems and have ever since I started playing gigs. I just don't want to mess them anymore. I primarily play gibson explorers and a hard tail tele I built. I love TOMs and think they are really comfy. I chug and rest my palm over the bridge
pickup and I like that vs a floyd I don't have to worry about going flat a tad when I'm doing any rhythm work or holding my guitar at a different angle or whatever. I see what you say about the screws on a hardtail digging into your hand, I have that problem with one of my teles and I have been thinking of just cutting the screws down with a dremel to fix it.