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djones
08-22-2005, 04:05 AM
Do you play with or without a vibration Dampener?

I play without a Dampener, it feels too muted with a dampener.

azak
08-22-2005, 08:47 AM
I play with one, but only because I dont like the excessive vibrations on any racket when you hit hard the ball. But.. The lacking of sensation is true... So I'll try something less.... dampener?

What do you suggest?

d70
08-22-2005, 10:13 AM
i play with one coz i dont like the sound of playing without one.

rubber band btw

gurj_v
08-22-2005, 10:17 AM
i play with one for two reasons:
a)I hate the "ping"
b) I dont know if it actually reduces vibration but I dont want to risk getting tennis elbow (not that ive ever had it)

(Yonex dampener that comes with the RDX mid/ wilson "W" dampener)

gurj_v
08-22-2005, 10:19 AM
you should have put power pads as a third option mate.

Jonnyf
08-22-2005, 10:28 AM
i use rubber band

Muse
08-22-2005, 10:41 AM
yeah, i use those black pete sampras cable grommet things..

rich s
08-22-2005, 10:58 AM
you can actually tune the feel of the frame by moving the vibration dampener up and down.

I use the worm type, Gamma, Prince, etc, and you can acutally tune the feel by moving the dampener up and down.

For a more muted feel slide it up so it is immediately against the lowermost cross string, for a less muted feel slide it down against the frame. for somewhere in between, experiment with sliding the dampener up and down between the lowermost cross and the bottom of the hoop for your desired feel.

my $.02

Craig Sheppard
08-22-2005, 11:07 AM
After trying a few different kinds, I like the Sampras "O" the best. I like the way it makes the frame feel a bit more solid, but with out the extreme dampening of the worm.

Speedy_tennis
08-22-2005, 12:55 PM
rubber band

Nadal_Rulz
08-22-2005, 01:02 PM
i always use rubber on my stick:)(yes someone else has said this,dont know who to credit it to)

fjgarciap
08-22-2005, 01:06 PM
Used to use a rubber band and it helped to have a more solid feel, but lately I'm not putting it anymore because it cuts the feedback I expect from the frame. Now I have more control and a better feel of my strokes, helps me correct bad ones.

ppw350Zunit
08-22-2005, 01:25 PM
After trying a few different kinds, I like the Sampras "O" the best.
i also use the sampra's. :)

ironchef21
08-22-2005, 01:36 PM
I learned to play before those things came out so now whenever I use one it feels weird. So I don't play with one.

erik-the-red
08-22-2005, 01:41 PM
I don't like vibration dampeners.

I actually like the "ping" noise.

nguyenthuc
08-22-2005, 01:52 PM
I never use vibration dampeners. They rob me of ball feedback. BTW, they do not reduce the risk of tennis elbow, as someone had suggested. Tennis elbow results from shock with ball impact (especially stiff frame on mishits) and poor technique.

ps 6.0
08-22-2005, 02:39 PM
I've been using the rubberband the longest, but i'm currently debating a switch to the Sampras "O" or the Wilson "W"

azak
08-22-2005, 02:44 PM
What is the 'Sampras "O"'?? A dampener with the face of Pete smileing?

azak
08-22-2005, 05:09 PM
Hey I just tryed the rubber band and it does exactly the same effect that a dampener... I dont know in play, but by first impressions it feels the same.

POGO
08-22-2005, 05:10 PM
rubberband for me also

LoveThisGame
08-22-2005, 05:35 PM
The answer has to be yes to the question: Do you play with or without a vibration Dampener? since the question covers all bases.

But yes, I play with a vibration dampener. It's really a matter of what hitting sound you are used to.

jcwg74
08-22-2005, 05:50 PM
Tecnifibre makes undoubtedly the best dampener on the market. Lightweight, effective, never falls off.

azak
08-22-2005, 06:01 PM
The best dampener I've ever used is a red Sufix. Same as you're naming, light, extremely effective, never falls, extremely easy to put..

Kirko
08-22-2005, 06:06 PM
one thing a dampner does; every shot feel solid and I like that it breeds confidence. rubberband the best .

Craig Sheppard
08-22-2005, 06:28 PM
What is the 'Sampras "O"'?? A dampener with the face of Pete smileing?
These
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageAC-PETEDAMP.html

gmorr001
08-22-2005, 06:32 PM
I hate the feel of a dampener, it robs me of the feel of the ball. I have tried it, but I could never get used to the feel.

djones
08-22-2005, 11:42 PM
I can't play without this crispy noisy sound.
Also when going for big topspin shots, I love the cracking sound of the strings.
I used to allways play with a dampener, but since I took it off a couple of years ago, I will never go back.
Also most pro's play without one.

StraightSets
08-23-2005, 01:56 AM
I put the Volkl Yellow oval one on all my racquets. I'm just too familiar with the feeling of a vibration dampenar and i didnt like the feel without it.

westside
08-23-2005, 03:34 AM
I use a dampener, makes a better sound

156MPHserve
08-23-2005, 04:49 AM
no damp the way to go

alpha
08-23-2005, 09:40 AM
I play without one.

And I can't stand people who stop games to look for their dropped dampners....

jackson vile
08-23-2005, 10:12 AM
I used to have one on my LMP, one day I hit real low on my racquet and the ball hit my dampner and the ball hit sideways out of my court.

That is the last time I have or ever will use a dampner, ripped that dampner off my wifes also.

Feels a lot better now, if you racquet sounds weired when you hit the ball it is because you are hitting wrong.

Hiding the sound only does you harm.

finesse15
08-23-2005, 10:14 AM
I use a rubber band, which is cheap, low-profile, firmly attached, and quite effective.

djones
08-23-2005, 10:14 AM
I believe people who are annoyed by the pingy noise don't hit hard enough.
To me, the pingy sound is just a sharp crispy edge of the whole sound.

nViATi
08-23-2005, 10:19 AM
I believe people who are annoyed by the pingy noise don't hit hard enough.
To me, the pingy sound is just a sharp crispy edge of the whole sound.
yeah. when you actually start hitting instead of just bouncing the ball on your strings the ping will go away

Redflea
08-23-2005, 10:56 AM
Gamma "worm" or "snake" type dampener...threads through several strings and does a great job. Won't leave home w/out it. :-)