Friction tape

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Friction tape on a tennis racket handle

Friction tape is a type of adhesive tape made from cloth impregnated with a rubber-based adhesive, and sometimes an abrasive substance, mainly used to increase grip or friction. Because the adhesive is impregnated in the cloth, friction tape is sticky on both sides. The rubber based adhesive makes it an electrical insulator and provides a degree of protection from liquids and corrosion. In the past, friction tape was widely used by electricians,[1] but PVC electrical tape has replaced it in most applications today. The frictional properties of the tape come from the cloth material which is often made from cotton. One common use is to wrap it around the blade of a hockey stick to improve puck control. Another use is to wrap it around the handle of a softball or baseball bat to give oneself a better grip. It's also useful as a base when wrapping a bicycle handlebar with handlebar tape.

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  1. ^ United States Bureau of Naval Personnel, Bureau of Naval Personnel (1970). Basic Electricity: Rate Training Manual. Courier Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-20973-3.