Anyone else still using rubber bands as dampeners?

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  1. Mbautista

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    Almost every time I go out to play, I get a funny look and always get asked. Why do you have a rubber band on your racquet?!

    I don't know, I've always just used them. Picked up the habit from my dad. They never fly off, and they do the job just fine lol.

    I used to know other players who used them, are they not so common anymore or what?
     
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  2. volusiano

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    It's the only thing I use. Other dampeners sooner or later would fall off my racket, but the rubber band doesn't.
     
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  3. MixedMaster

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    I've been using them for years also and always have a handful in my bag. I've tried other dampners but always end up giving them away. The rubber band seems to do a better job.
     
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  4. rectoralex

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    What size rubber bands do you use? I've been wanting to try this myself.
     
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  5. Audiophile

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    I prefer to use nothing at all but did try rubber bands for a while. Depending on how many times I wrapped it around the strings I could tell a difference in the "level" of dampening.

    If I were to use a dampener, I would certainly go with the rubber band. I always like to see those players that use the single style dampeners look for them and chase them around after mishitting a ball. :)
     
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  6. darklore009

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    i dont see people around my community use rubber bands. but sometimes i sneak one in my client's rackets and they were fine with it. I use #64 for using it as a damper
     
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  7. West Coast Ace

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    'Worms' very rarely fall off.

    +1. I've had the rubber band partially come loose - so it was only holding 2 mains and wasn't wrapped up with the cross anymore (my knot typing skills aren't as good as my 1HBH!) - and noticed the same thing. Almost stuck with it.

    Finding it harder to find good, thick(er) rubber bands. In this digital age I guess they just don't have as many uses as previously.
     
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  8. Tennis sensation

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    I used to use one but not anymore.
     
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  9. idono1301

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    I still use one, always tied into a neat square. It works great, I don't have to worry about losing it at all
     
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  10. Adles

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    The purple rubber bands from a decent size bunch of broccoli are the best, I think. Occasionally someone will notice it...
     
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  11. 205bacdoc

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    Yes, still using rubber bands exclusively.
     
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  12. Kevb22

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    Me too, i donĀ“t use it anymore. But i have a few in my bag. Its better without dampeners:twisted:
     
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  13. The Isomotion31

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    I still do. love it. Some people on my team make fun of my "generic" dampener.
     
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  14. struggle

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    i believe it's a No. 64 sized rubber band that is typically used, the Agassi model.
     
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  15. Ziggy925

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    How do you attach the rubber band to the strings?
     
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  16. gmatheis

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    I think you use a hot glue gun.
     
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  17. BlueB

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    Yes they are the best. Never fly off and you can tune level of dampening by threading through more or less mains and by the size of knot.
     
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