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bswain06
09-16-2007, 08:53 AM
This is a pretty easy question to answer. I want a great damper. I use SPPP 17L strings and my racket is the Head Liquid Metal 6 (OS). What would you recommend??

todot62
09-16-2007, 09:08 AM
If you like the “across-the-strings” kind, I like the Alpha and the Gamma blue and purple gel kind. The problem with the gamma is that it will eventually leak, that's why I like the Alpha best.

If you just want a dampener, IMO the good old #64 rubber band is still the best out there and it's what I use. ;)

Tod

TheShaun
09-16-2007, 09:45 AM
RUBBER BAND http://home.pacbell.net/gmlasam/rubberband.html

bswain06
09-16-2007, 10:04 AM
It doesnt matter what type of damper, just something to give me that "pop" when I hit the ball

TheShaun
09-16-2007, 10:23 AM
^^^ try the rubber band, i'm sure there's one laying around your house.

Fedace
09-16-2007, 10:28 AM
^^ but I want to know what is the lightest dampner in the market ?? I use Pete Sampras dampner, and it seems kind of heavy. has anyone had this experience ??

tbini87
09-16-2007, 10:29 AM
if you want to really dampen the racquet i don't think a rubberband is enough. try the prince nxg silencer, it works well and will never fall off your racquet.

ryan808
09-16-2007, 11:57 AM
Another alternative is to use power pads. I used to use a dampener (cable grommet), but didn't like how it killed the feel of the string bed. With power pads, there is just enough dampening without killing the feel of the bed. Also a nice alternative if dampener weight is an issue for you.

darbybrandon1993
09-16-2007, 12:48 PM
i use the babolat customizable in blue!!!

julianoz
09-16-2007, 01:05 PM
^^ but I want to know what is the lightest dampner in the market ?? I use Pete Sampras dampner, and it seems kind of heavy. has anyone had this experience ??

You are kind of a pu$$y

Lloyd Barcenilla
09-16-2007, 01:36 PM
Babolat custom damp

me is bored
09-16-2007, 03:20 PM
the babo damps come off sooooo easy

the the fun ones that wilson sells actually were pretty good. my opponent/new friend gave me his chili pepper one because my babo one flew somewhere on the other side of the court (later to be found in 3rd set tiebreak) and it worked like twice as good. idk bout the others but the chili pepper one is definately my fav dampener haha.

BurghKing
09-17-2007, 04:43 AM
If you like the rubberband idea, I would suggest the Gamma Shockknot. It is the same concept as the rubberband, however, it has a special shock absorbing material in it which is superior to the rubberband. It works great for me!

thundaga
09-17-2007, 04:45 AM
nothing absorbs vibrations better than a rubberband. in fact it absorbs too much for my liking and i prefer a standard dampener.

eagle
09-17-2007, 04:56 AM
Another vote for the rubber band.

r,
eagle

vinnier6
09-17-2007, 08:01 AM
if you want to really dampen the racquet i don't think a rubberband is enough. try the prince nxg silencer, it works well and will never fall off your racquet.

a rubberband dampens extremely well....

gerikoh
09-17-2007, 08:16 AM
hmm i'd say rubberband coz it's not heavy and it's just as effective like those $5-20 damper. i find it to be better anyway

f1 tech
09-17-2007, 09:18 AM
I like the Tecnifibre Vibraclip. It doesn't pop off easily, light weight, and does not "over" dampen.

Sliceboy2
09-17-2007, 09:45 AM
After trying different brands and types. I decided to stick wit rubber band. Its cheap, light and it does not fall off, comes in different colors too.

TripleB
09-17-2007, 10:42 AM
RUBBER BAND http://home.pacbell.net/gmlasam/rubberband.html

I agree except I cut the tip off the rubber band before installing it...I started cutting the end off so it wouldn't be so long but I think it cuts down on vibration too-the vibrations go into through the rubber band and out the cut off end 8-) .

TripleB

abenguyen
09-17-2007, 07:35 PM
pete sampras "o" is my fav

Bent
09-17-2007, 11:44 PM
Lux vibra killer

surfryder
09-17-2007, 11:57 PM
i like the wilson full length one... the shock trap i do believe...

plus its more durable than the head one...ive broken like 10 of those

Gorecki
09-17-2007, 11:58 PM
i use Babolat Custom in my 2 frames. one black and one red... its very light...

pow
09-18-2007, 12:03 AM
For me, it depends on the racquet. I generally like a worn out(loose) Wilson W because all of my racquets tend to have small head and/or dense string pattern. I dislike dampeners that push my main strings too far apart and the big ones that take away too much feel from the racquet. If possible I would hope to play with no dampener, I've only found one string job so far that allows me to do this without the irritating ping sound.

Loco4Tennis
09-18-2007, 03:08 AM
i use a conbination of the market dampener and rubberband trick
i don't like the clinck sound from the racquet,
my prokennex frames came with factory dampeners at the 3, 9 possition, they broke off.
now i use the clear USopen (oval shape, does not fly off), dampener on the troat mains
i also use 2 rubber bands on the crosses at 3 and 9 clock possition,
haven't heard a word from my racquets since :-)
i just hope the setup is legal, so i dont get called on it :-)

atennisrand
05-04-2009, 02:17 AM
Jam all your commercial dampeners where the sun don't shine, rubberbands are the only way to go for real tennis players.

Syfo-Dias
05-04-2009, 07:15 AM
IMO the older Yonex dampeners were the best and I still use them even though I have a few of the new ones. It's also pretty light at 2g and doesn't come off easily.

NotAtTheNet
05-04-2009, 07:59 AM
rubberbands ftw... everything else just pops out when i hit.

Joeyg
05-04-2009, 09:02 AM
When you consider that dampeners have zero effect other than to muffle sound, go with what makes you happiest.

Djokovicfan4life
05-04-2009, 09:18 AM
Hint: It lives in a pineapple under the sea.

VGP
05-04-2009, 10:31 AM
I've got the Spongebob dampener......I still haven't used it though.

I'm hooked on these black circle "tennis ball" dampeners that came with Wilson Ultra wrap (came in yellow too).

As much as I like the Unique Sampras O's and cable grommets, I refuse to use them on my PS85s and kPS88s as not to be poserish.

shogun90
05-04-2009, 10:47 AM
I used a rubber grommet I got from Lowe's $1.97 (pkg of 2). Alot like the Sampras O ring. Tried my new Volkl Catapult V10 V-Engine (X-1 Biphase red 55#) with and without it. I kept it on because I didn't care for the ping without. Seems to work as well as other dampers I've used.

VGP
05-04-2009, 12:05 PM
The cable grommet IS the original Sampras O ring.

matchmaker
05-04-2009, 01:43 PM
I've got the Spongebob dampener......I still haven't used it though.

I'm hooked on these black circle "tennis ball" dampeners that came with Wilson Ultra wrap (came in yellow too).

As much as I like the Unique Sampras O's and cable grommets, I refuse to use them on my PS85s and kPS88s as not to be poserish.

Now why would that be poserish? I have done a comparitive test of dampeners and the Unique Sampras O-dampener is simply the best. Others look fancy but they still let string vibration though. With the O-dampener you get a uniform feel on the stringbed and as soon as the ball leaves the strings the vibration stops.

a_2c+
05-04-2009, 07:18 PM
get a BEEEEEG rubber band.

or some gummy bears, in case you are desperate.

Joeyg
05-08-2009, 07:21 AM
Make sure they are stale gummi bears, though.

The_Question
05-08-2009, 08:06 AM
If you like the “across-the-strings” kind, I like the Alpha and the Gamma blue and purple gel kind. The problem with the gamma is that it will eventually leak, that's why I like the Alpha best.



Pft, although this post was made in 2007, I still have a fine working Gamma Shockbuster from 1992...

thenjimmysaid
05-08-2009, 11:06 AM
Anything small and circular, for a more hollowed out pop sound, get a Wilson smiley face :)

If you still enjoy the slight ping, get Babolat circles or Sampras O's

game set match 46 TIMES!!
05-08-2009, 04:26 PM
^^ but I want to know what is the lightest dampner in the market ?? I use Pete Sampras dampner, and it seems kind of heavy. has anyone had this experience ??
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACTFUSA-TECVIB.html
technifbre weighs 2 grams.

S H O W S T O P P E R !
05-08-2009, 05:55 PM
We can't tell you this. IT'S ALL PERSONAL PREFERENCE. I like the Sampras dampener but a lot of people hate it. People like the rubber bands, but I hate it. You have to borrow some dampeners from people, hit around and then buy the ones you liked best.

Storm_Kyori
05-08-2009, 07:19 PM
I like the Gamma Shockbuster 1. I guess it overdampens, but I like that. The first model is definately better than the second as it doesn't "pop" as easily. It has Zorbicon gel inside.

jms007
05-08-2009, 07:48 PM
If you have a problem with dampeners popping out (the two-string ones), just wrap some of that transparent office tape around them. Problem solved.

masterxfob
05-08-2009, 09:15 PM
really? i don't know what all the fuss is about with dampers. do they really make a difference? or is just a mental thing?

The_Question
05-08-2009, 10:40 PM
If you have a problem with dampeners popping out (the two-string ones), just wrap some of that transparent office tape around them. Problem solved.

Meh, mind as well just go with a standard rubber band...

jms007
05-09-2009, 08:14 AM
That was for people who don't like rubber bands and want to keep their dampeners...

jcstennis
05-09-2009, 11:51 AM
RUBBER BAND http://home.pacbell.net/gmlasam/rubberband.html

Rubber band for me...

OP, btw... Agassi used Plymouth brand #64 rubber bands and did not tie them as neat as the link pic shows, the band was a tight single knot rolled up the strings... Roddick does it the same way. :)

OliverSimon
05-09-2009, 11:55 AM
Lux vibra killer

Where can i get one of those?

Jaewonnie
05-10-2009, 02:05 PM
Hint: It lives in a pineapple under the sea.

for some reason, they created more vibration on my Prestige....

benxten
05-29-2009, 08:33 PM
gamma shockbuster all the way

defrule
05-29-2009, 10:27 PM
Funny enough, when I had my n90 restrung it came back without the dampeners I had on it. I didn't have a spare one at hand and so I played with one.

To my surprise the racket doesn't need a dampener, no "ping" sound from any stroke. The pop from the racket was loud before but now it's louder than a bloody gun.

clevy11
05-31-2009, 01:10 PM
babolat cosmic vibration dampener. Unlike the babolat cosmic damp it doesn't fall off and is a great dampener.

m1stuhxsp4rk5
05-31-2009, 01:49 PM
rubberbands

ClubHoUno
06-06-2009, 05:11 AM
Babolat Custom Damp is my overall favorite - not too much dampeing, not too little - I use the inside 'barrell' dampener in the Custom Damp too.

Roddickfan155
06-10-2009, 08:30 PM
size 64 rubberband

phucng_10
07-02-2009, 02:15 PM
I'm agreeing with rubberbands. They don't pop out when you accidentally hit them.

mrmo1115
07-03-2009, 05:01 PM
Try the Head Logo Dampener. I use it in my Flexpoint Prestiges

makinao
07-03-2009, 07:28 PM
It doesnt matter what type of damper, just something to give me that "pop" when I hit the ball
Huh? But dampers take the pop out.

beckham
07-03-2009, 07:30 PM
Sampras "O" or Technifibre Vibra Clip.

OliverSimon
07-03-2009, 11:14 PM
once you take the damp off and hit with out it for a week you wont need it anymore. you'll get used to it and never have to use a damp again!

atennisrand
07-04-2009, 05:51 PM
Either nothing or go with the rubber band like others have recommended.

tomas9848
07-11-2009, 11:57 AM
i use a dunlop one or wilson one.

Wild Ace
07-11-2009, 05:08 PM
Psst, i'll share a secret with you if you promise you won't tell the world of tis lil nugget of a gem.

http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/racket/item/img/3149_1.jpg

DownTheLine
07-12-2009, 07:54 PM
I use and like the shockbuster, but I want to try the Babolat custom damp.

ElMagoElGato
07-12-2009, 08:03 PM
Read my signature.

Mdubb23
07-12-2009, 08:21 PM
Psst, i'll share a secret with you if you promise you won't tell the world of tis lil nugget of a gem.

http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/racket/item/img/3149_1.jpg

Yeah it dampens well, but it takes away feel.

gocard
07-12-2009, 08:21 PM
Sampras O's work great for me - I've never had them pop out and get lost before, not like the Wilson W's.

ElMagoElGato
07-12-2009, 08:26 PM
Yeah it dampens well, but it takes away feel.

It moves away from the frame after a few hits and loses its effect.

MarrratSafin
07-13-2009, 04:18 AM
Rubber band is simply the best. Not sure if it's just me but a rubber band produces a much sweeter response from the stringbed compared to all other dampeners. How do I describe it? It's like most dampeners make the stringbed feel and sound like a board but rubber bands don't do that if you did the correct knot. Plus it adds almost no weight.:)

MarrratSafin
07-13-2009, 04:20 AM
The best dampeners I've tried other than rubber bands are the Head logo ones and the Sampras O's.

schap02
07-13-2009, 05:54 AM
I stick to the O damps because they're simply easier - at the rate I go through strings I hate trying to tie the Rubberbands and get a consistent feel...either Bab O's or the sampras - seems similar to me...

Kick Serve 14
07-13-2009, 04:48 PM
Wilson smiley and frowny faces are the best in my opinion

Rhinosaur
07-15-2009, 09:31 AM
I like my Gamma gel worm. Used rubber bands in high school, just didn't like having to switch them out frequently (dry out).

Kick Serve 14
07-15-2009, 10:55 AM
Gamma gell worms work well also, but don't stretch it too far or it'll rip.

DownTheLine
07-15-2009, 11:28 AM
Well do you want a dampner where you can't feel the ball at all of just one to hide the ping sound?

precision2b
07-15-2009, 11:44 AM
When you consider that dampeners have zero effect other than to muffle sound, go with what makes you happiest.

I agree with Joeyg... Go to the light!!!

dman72
07-15-2009, 12:09 PM
prince NXG silencer dampener does the best job muting the ping...as good as the gamma gel thingies, but without the hooks breaking and gel squirting on you when they break!!

tennisnoob2
07-16-2009, 10:53 AM
i like the wilson ones(the w, and smilies/shamrock)

Any1 triedd the gamma zorbicon w.e shock thing?(its like a cube with a blue center)

Nadal46
07-21-2009, 01:52 PM
I have a question about damper, I use a wilson smile damper from about 2 years and lately I've been having arm pain,I also noticed the damper is kind of too much used inside, and i can open it quite too much.The question is:could the problem come because I have an old damper wich no long make his work?thank you for the answers

scraps234
07-21-2009, 06:27 PM
rubber bands the cheapest.... and works fine but if your going for looks go with the shamrock =p

KonTrol
07-22-2009, 12:33 PM
any babolat

benxten
07-22-2009, 01:18 PM
hm i remember someone made their own custom dampener in a post. in that post he couldnt find a rubberband so he cut one of those rubber bracelet that everyone wore like andy roddick wore a blue one to support one of his charities and lance armstrong had his live strong ones and tied it to their racket. try that for a dampener.

InsideOut94
07-22-2009, 06:32 PM
Do not listen to people that dont tell you rubberband. Rubberband is the way to go and its classic.