Best Dampener

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  1. Forehand Forever

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    I'm looking to see what in your opinions is the best vibration dampener. I really want to stop all the vibrations going up my arm because of m bad shoulder. What do you thinks the best?
     
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  2. Prestigeman

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    i use rubber bands... you can get a bag of about 1000 rubber bands at office max for under $5... compared to buying less then 2 dampeners from a named brand for $5
     
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  3. Ky0shiro

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    Dampeners do not stop the vibrations from going to your arm, they only stop the loud pinging sound coming from your strings.

    http://www.racquetresearch.com/sevencri.htm#Shock
     
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  4. alcap26

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  5. tnig469

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    there is not way to beat the rubberband...if one wont do...use more...cheap and works...
     
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  6. tarheels2323

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    rubberband
     
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  7. Reveille1984

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    Rubberbands work fine, and are ridiculously cheap.
     
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  8. Keifers

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    Have used many different ones over the years. Nowadays, mostly rubber bands. Hole grommets (much cheaper version of the Sampras dampener) from any hardware store work really well also.
     
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  9. Keifers

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    For your bad shoulder, consider demoing one of the Pro Kennex frames with Kinetic or Ionic technology. They really work in terms of removing damaging vibrations and shock.
     
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  10. WhiteSox05CA

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    I've used a rubberband which surprisingly does feel pretty good, one of the best I've used. I also use the Pete Sampras signature one, the black "O" from Unique Sports Products. I have heard the Gamma worm works great, but will explode when hit, I guess there is a black or blue liquid inside those.
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  11. Voltron

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    I use a size 64 rubberband, as far as I know nobody else has told you the size.
     
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  12. vkartikv

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    luxilon square shaped dampener and the sampras O ring.
     
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  13. bcsax123

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    I like the babolat RVS.
     
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  14. LazyAzN

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    I use wilson ntraps because they just dampen the sound, not sacrificing much power (or none at all)...

    Shockbuster II's and shockbusters on the otherhand took a lot of power away...
     
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  15. BiGGieStuFF

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    The black pete sampras donut vibrazorb. It is harder than the cherry red one :). Simplistic looking. I like it.
     
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  16. Ten.Is

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    They're all the same. I use rubber bands...its cheaper and I have lots of it.
     
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  17. Faber

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    Wilson W's work for me.
     
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  18. StealthGnome

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    I just got a rubberband at my local library. Tied it and wham-o! Priceless.
     
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  19. Winners or Errors

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    Vibrazorb...

    I use the original Donnay Vibrazorb from the early 80's, which is like a triple density sponge that you squish between the strings. Having recently tried the hard rubber ones so common now, I don't know what I'm going to do when mine wear out, because they are much better at quelling vibration than any of the products currently on the market IMHO.

    If you decide to try and hunt them down, good luck. I have not even seen them on ****.
     
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  20. 2nd_Serve

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    Pete Sampras O. Volkl DNX Vibrastop. SHockbuster seems to cancel out a lot of the vibrations and give a crisp feel.

    All give a nice sound pop.
     
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  21. nCode747

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    really dosent matter as long as it works and stays in place
     
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  22. Hot Sauce

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    Rubberband Man
     
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  23. captinsane903

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    rubberbands the way to go. It's just that some people I played tennis with, they just came up to me and were like, "Does that(rubberband) actually work?"lol
     
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  24. IanRadical

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    Rubber bands work well but if you want say a Wilson dampener use a rubber band before you get a real dampener.:)
     
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  25. !WHAT!

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    yeh

    i think the best dampener is the yin yang one that you get in the bowl of fun it looks sweet and is sweet but i dont have one i am getting 1 in like 2 weeks..
     
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  26. phucng_10

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    To be honest, many people would say rubber bands and I would too. It's cheap, never falls off, and efficient.
     
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  27. william7gr

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    wilson W's are the best
     
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  28. coolblue123

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    i think there's been much talk on this.

    Can we make the "one end all" dampener thread a sticky thread?
     
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  29. Nod15

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    Babolat Custom Damps are the best Imo, thats just me. Im a big fan of rubbers to though ^^
     
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  30. maximo

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    Not only do i like the babolat custom damps, they look pretty damn good on my racket too.
     
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  31. babolatchaznike

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    Somthing long that goes on more than two or three strings!
     
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  32. Booyah

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    I love my US Open dampener, i have had it for 3 years. best dampeners, never lose them.
     
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  33. SOUTHPAWZ

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    I use 2 Wilson Shock Traps, nothing fancy. They're 10 cents at my local Sports Authority and when you put them 3 horizontal rows in from the top and bottom, they work great.
     
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  34. David

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    Babolat RVS is the best Vibration Dampener
     
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  35. ag200boy

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    rubberband
     
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  36. ClubHoUno

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    Babolat Cosmic damp ruleZZZZzzzzzzz :D
     
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  37. drop shot

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    I know where you can get those old school sponge type dampeners

    If you are still looking, email me at topspin34@gmail.com
     
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  38. babolatisduhbomb

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    rubberband is that best!
     
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  39. Moses Man

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  40. racquetfreak

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    absolutely true!

    that being said,i like Sampras "O"s but rubberbands are just as good and much cheaper.

    the solution to saving your arm is arm-friendly racquet and a loose (vs tensed) arm and relaxed grip.
     
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  41. lawlitssoo1n

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    wilson pro feel are pretty good.
    head suck. and the gamma ink ones are pretty good but they break
     
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  42. 1hand4ever

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    #64 Rubberband is the best
     
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  43. orangettecoleman

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    your problem is your racquet, not your vibe dampener. pure drive is an arm killer.
     
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  44. rj.laroza

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    rubberbands get my vote
     
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  45. Loco4Tennis

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    as if you haven't seen this enough, ruberband gets my vote also
    i weave the rubberband on 6 mains, just like the worm dampeners, i like it better like that, more sound dampening IMO
    you can have rubberbands on all 4 sides of the racquet as long as you do not enter the crossed section of the strings, see if that dampens the vibration enough to notise
    but also to minimize some more of the shock, try building up your grip size with some more soft overgrips, i just know they would provide more dampening than the original letter, which seems to actually transfer shock for feel, or at least thats what the leather overgrip fans seem to claim
     
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  46. Guamanian G

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    Can't beat the rubber band!!!!!!
     
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  47. Bundey

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    Pete Sampras
     
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  48. Virtua Tennis

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    Nothing beats a smiley face funzorb from wilson :)
     
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  49. robby c

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    O grommets from the hardware store.
    They are in the electrical section.
    100% rubber, not cheap plastic like the tennis equipment companies sell.
    Robby C
     
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