Step 1: What Tape to Get?
Electrical tape (from now on I shall refer to electrical tape as stick tape) is also available in many different colors. When choosing a color, compare the sticks that you plan to use with the tape. If it looks distracting, you should go with a different color. Most drumlines use either black or white.
Tapes you do not want include duct tape. Duct tape has a large amount of fiber, which cam muffle the sound of a rimshot and get into the splinters that inevitably develop, making the tape almost impossible to remove. it is also very heavy, and will make the sticks less responsive. Finally, duct tape looks bad when it gets torn, whereas stick tape still looks decent.
Other tapes you might not want to consider include athletic tape and scotch tape. They look worse than duct tape, and perform even worse.
Stick tape can be purchased at almost every hardware shop in the world.
Step 2: Wrapping the Stick
Next, you are ready to tape the stick. Start by making a solid band near the tip, then spiral down. I like to hold the stick in my left hand with the base resting on my belt and the tape in my left hand where it can spin freely.
I like to tape about one hand length down the stick. This provides adequate room for missed rimshots and pings. If I were taping a bass mallet, I would tape to the tip of my thumb. This ensures that the entire stick is protected, as they are quite expensive.
To finished the wrap, just make a small tear and press the tape against the wood. This should hold it in place.