Kick drum patches are a cheap, quick and easy way to increase the durability of your bass drumhead, and add more attack and definition to each hit.
Bass drum patches are used to prolong the life of your bass drumhead – stopping dents and tears – especially if you’re using hard beaters (e.g. plastic or metal) rather than softer felt.
Most patches will have a small effect on your sound (like the Remo Fallam Slap or Evans EQ Bass Drum Patch). These will give slightly more attack and definition to each stroke, and a tiny reduction in sustain, but overall your sound won’t change very much.
Click patches (like the Gibraltar Bass Drum Impact Pad) are designed to give a more attacking “click” sound to each hit, allowing you to cut through in loud environments if you need your bass drum strokes to stand out. These are especially useful for fast double-kicking that can get lost in the mix.
Some bass drumheads (such as the Remo Powerstroke P3) come with a free patch – check this if you’re buying a new drumhead.