Sean40474 wrote:I managed to take some skin off my middle finger yesterday trying to throw my arm out. Also, my index finger is starting to hurt at the tip. I'll either need to tape up or take a break.
For those that use tape, what kind do you use and do you find that it effects your distance/feel/accuracy at all?
Darn near any kind of tape will work (I have seen duct tape used) to protect from abrasion. The question is the break in period. With some kinds of tape you need to throw a bunch of shots until the tape breaks in and gives you the grip you want. There is a type of tape called PAPER TAPE, which (imo) is superior since it feels natural when you put it on and you can play with it immediately without loss of control or power. You can buy paper tape in any drug store, in the area where bandages are shelved.
I tape my finger every time I play to prevent a callus from forming (then building up until it eventually tears off, leaving a bloody gash). Dr. Rick Voakes taught me this trick. In very wet conditions I may retape during the round (as even tape will absorb water and become slippery eventually) and I don't want to deal with a break in period during a round.
Paper tape is very thin and flexible. I wrap several layers of it around the spot on my middle finger where my callus used to form. As with all changes it will take a little practice with until it feels normal.