do you use a vibration damper?????

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by J-lob, Feb 20, 2008.

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what do you use???????

  1. Vibration damper

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  2. rubber band

    113 vote(s)
    19.6%
  3. none at all

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  1. J-lob

    J-lob Rookie

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    please include an reason for your choice. btw is the main reason for a vibration damper to get rid of sound or vibration. and does a damper kill feel too????

    and has anyone noticed diff between using a vbration damper, ruber band and none at all????

    happy voting
     
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  2. Pro Staff Pete

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    There are dampers that kill feel, absolutely. I'm using a simple damper that cleares some vibration, obviously killing some feel, but not that much.

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  3. In)SpiRe

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    I hate the feel of a vibration dampener. it causes me to lose all feel :[.
     
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  4. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    None at all.

    I used to but over the past 6 months I have played without them, and it is the best I have felt the ball.
     
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  5. McLovin

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    Sampras "O". They gave 'em away free w/ a pack of Tournagrip years ago. I've got ~ 12 left.
     
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  6. iplaybetter

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    i use the Wilson frownie on my main racket cause i change the strings, but i use ruberbands for my others
     
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  7. themitchmann

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    I like the Pete Sampras dampeners...they take away the ping without making the racquet feel dead.
     
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  8. Kirko

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    they "rob" power & feel, that said the rackets made today need them because without one they feel like they are broken when you strike the ball.
     
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  9. Applesauceman

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    I use the Wilson dampener that looks like the 'Target' symbol. I like just enough dampening to silence the "ping" sound without sacrificing feel.
     
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  10. nickb

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    I use a dampener...K90s vibrate too much for me without one.

    Nick
     
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  11. demz

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    I have been using a rubber band that is tied really loose so that I can still get the feel.
     
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  12. robkat

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    I do not use one. When I was younger I wouldn't play without one. Now I think, I like the feel I get without a dampener.
     
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  13. TheShaun

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    rubber band for me because it makes me look cool 8)
     
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  14. miniRafa386

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    the clear head dampener is dirty, softens up the string bed without letting go of the feel the string brings.
     
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  15. AJTx0

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    Vibration dampener for me :D.

    :) would be it.
     
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  16. TNT16

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    I use the Dunlop square ones; the rubber is quite soft so there is ample feel left despite the dampener. I used to use the Yonex triangle ones but in comparison to the Dunlop ones the Yonex takes quite a bit of feel away.
     
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  17. soyizgood

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    I've lost track of all the dampeners I have. I guess I'm a pack rat when it comes to dampeners. :)

    I was highly resistant to using them for a long time. But then I got tennis elbow and on-off shoulder pain so I've warmed up to dampeners over time. Now all my racquets have one, including the cheapy Walmart ones...LMAO
     
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  18. rorourboat320

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    i've always used wilson dampeners. one time i didn't realize my dampener had fallen off and i when i hit the next ball it just felt too weird for me. and it also makes such a weird noise IMO
     
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  19. JRstriker12

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    I use a rubber washer.
     
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  20. Trainer

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    Used to, decided I liked the feel of the ball making contact better without it, so I don't anymore.
     
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  21. Alpine

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    Sounds like to some people, using a vibration dampener is like wearing a condom.
     
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  22. mrmo1115

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    yep i use one in all racquets
     
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  23. soyizgood

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    I have that dampener with my mfil 200+. :)
     
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  24. lawrence

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    rubber band here
    takes away that annoying ping sound, but doesnt take away the feel of the stringbed like most of the dampeners i used
    not to mention itll never fall off, i lost 2 wilson dampeners, realised my racket was making a ping sound halfway through a rally and couldnt find it anywhere lol
     
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  25. meowmix

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    Vibration dampener. My Ipex 7.0 makes a really loud ping when anything hits the stringbed. It's annoying.
     
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  26. quicken

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    Oh man I used to use the babolat custom ones, they fell off on me when I was hitting a smash and... It got lost. So now I use rubber band, it feels weird without having a rubber band.
     
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  27. soyizgood

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    I mentioned the ping sound when I tried out the iPex 7.0 today. And that's with a dampener too.
     
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  28. TNT16

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    Hm I guess that is one way to look at it LOL!
     
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  29. Silke1c

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    I go back and forth on rubber bands but I use volkl so vibration isn't really a problem but the ping can get annoying especially when playing indoors.
     
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  30. bobbyb

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    yuppp the yonex ones are sweet..so are the luxilon ones but nobody ever sells them
     
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  31. bobbyb

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    but i use it cuz i hate the sound and the feel...with a dampener i love my rracqquets without them i would switch in a heartbeat they make a huge difference to me even the slightest change of position annoys me cuz i feel like the ball gets soo much more pop when it goes off the bottom string
     
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  32. TNT16

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    With the Yonex ones you can actually adjust the amount of dampening effect you get by moving them up and down the mains once the triangle is off the bottom cross. This can be almost as effective as switching racquets to a slightly higher or lower string tension.
     
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  33. akoni

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    rubber band, dampens the feel just enough.
     
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  34. Behtareen

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    i used to use a babolat aeropro dampener, or something similar to it. It was amazing, but after it kept falling out i decided not to use a V Dampener. makes little difference once you get used to the feel.
     
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  35. bobbyb

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    maybe thats why i love them so much haha
     
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  36. Vermillion

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    only wimps use dampeners
     
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  37. bobbyb

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    so must pros are wimps???
     
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  38. jediknightdan

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    I dont know why, but every time i play with 1, i screw up alot more.
    none at all FTW
     
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  39. yellowoctopus

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    I don't use it because I don't think it provide value to anyone's game. I believe it's just one of many successes by the marketing folks to convince people that they 'need' this stuff to play well.
     
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  40. beth14

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    My Wilson PS 6.1 Classics don't seem to need them. Lots of folks have hit with my racket and comment on how quiet and stable feeling mine are compared to whatever new racket they are using with a damper.
     
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  41. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    Of the commercially produced dampeners, the Wilson is my favorite.

    A few months back, I experimented with different brands and types of dampeners to see which one would feel "just right". The Wilson "smiley face" didn't dampen enough, and the Gamma Shockbuster was too effective, killing feel.

    The best balance I found was a simple rubber grommet and the Wilson.
     
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  42. kfactor/all/the/WAY!

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    i like the rubber bands and pete sampras o's. but rubber bands make u look cool indeed
     
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  43. ChuDat

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    I mostly use a rubberband. I use to have a smiley shock until I lost it
     
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  44. ksam12

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    For me I use the vibration dampener because it gives me a softer feel on my racket. Meaning that when I go against hard hitting players the force impacted on my racket isn't as bad so I am able to hit back those shot with more comfort than if I didn't have a vibe dampener.
     
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  45. ClubHoUno

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    I prefer the Babolat Vibrakill. Best shock dampener ever for me. For some reason, TW does not have this particular dampener from Babolat (they really should have it, because it's great)
     
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  46. notujoo

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    so it dosnt make the vibrating sound
     
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  47. DomStar7

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    Iv got loads of dampeners!
    iv got an n trap anothe long wilson 1, a wilson flame and yin yang and i have 2 realy cool smilie and angry faces from decathlon in france
     
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  48. Josherer

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    I don't use one.. i like to 'feel' the racket :)
     
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  49. Skybox006

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    I personally go for the Gamma Shockbuster II vibration dampener. I've used it for a while now and it works for me. I like the fact that the shockbuster weaves between the strings, covering a lot of lower strings.
     
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  50. adamvann

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    I have always used a dampener until recently. After a re-string I started to play without it and decided that I liked it better. Surprisingly the racquet, string combo that I'm using doesn't ping as much I'd thought.
     
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