I have gloves: seems like 40 years ago the taped bars on my road bike with gloves felt better . My just be my memory playing tricks on me. Always heard the memory was the second thing to go. May give the tape a try just to see.
I have tried it - different number of wraps and different types of tape in different combinations. I couldn't get it so I felt it was acceptable, or as good as a simple pair of grips. Maybe the next combination I tried would have been perfect, but I can't imagine it being better than grips.