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

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  3. none at all

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  1. Double_Bagel

    Double_Bagel Rookie

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    Using the volkl and the big pacific "o" damps in some dense pattern rackets I have. I noticed now they are fitted, two of the mains are pushed noticeably out to the left and the right just to squeeze them in. Is this a big no-no? Should I swap them for a smaller damp so the mains/crosses sit flush?
     
  2. iceman_dl6

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    Same for me! So we're sane after all! ; )
     
  3. lgbalfa

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    do you really think you can feel the weight with a dampener on?
     
  4. LeftyRighty

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    I hate using dampers. Like rubbers, they take away all the feeling :mrgreen:

    I don't care about sound from MY racquet. It doesn't distract me at all. Seems to get under other peoples skin though sometimes.
     
  5. tennisplayer1993

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    I've used a rubber band on rackets that I feel are harsh and stiff. Otherwise, no dampener.
     
  6. GBplayer

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    I prefer the sound of the racquet without a dampener. It makes you want to hit the sweet spot every time. Off centre hits sound awful.
     
  7. Sliceprince

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    I use the prince tour damps, very nice design and unobtrusive, doesn't take away too much feel either. Installation is easy and hasn't fallen out yet
     
  8. spinovic

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    The only reason I use them is the sound, but lately I've been playing without one.
     
  9. Overdrive

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    I still have one on my racquets. Since the SW is 376 and the weight is over 14.5 ounces, it really doesn't matter to me anymore. I'll probably take it off the next time I head to the courts.
     
  10. jakeytennis

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    i don't really think a dampener can really help/hurt you. it's just more enjoyable to play with a dampener. feels like butter with less noise.
     
  11. jakeytennis

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    yeah. i feel same way
     
  12. BLX_Andy

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    I've been using them all my life. Chronologically from Sampras O damps, the rubber band, to Babolat damps, then Wilson's Pro Feel when I switched to Wilson. I use it only because I started using them. I want to stop using a dampener because I find myself hitting it sometimes on my 95 even on my 100+ sq in Babolat.
     
  13. Muppet

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    I use a rubber band on my 95" racquets. If I want to try going without, how much higher should I string my racquet? 1 pound, 2 pounds, more? For poly, multi, syn gut, poly/multi hybrid?
     
  14. Radical7

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    Didn't use a dampener with the 2013 blades, now using a button style dampener on Head YT IG Speed MP 16x19. Helps with some elbow pain and stops the ping! Those with good touch have it with or without a dampener.
     
  15. palmtree2581

    palmtree2581 New User

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    I have used many types of dampeners, the best in my opinion is the Babolat RVS. Takes away the vibration from both strings and frame. It does make a difference.
     
  16. pingu

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    I use the Head one. I feel it help with the vib and can stay on the string...lost many Wilson "W" over the time.
     
  17. BLX_Andy

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    I think you should switch my vote to none at all. I tried it and at first the ping annoyed me. Now I'm used to it and my racquet somehow feels better.
     
  18. Fintft

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    I've started to use the snake version last week, after getting some tennis lessons on red clay in Europe (Romania). The coach (recent runner up in the ...under 16- now 25 and with a student runner up in the U18 when he was 21) said that would also prevent tennis elbow issues.

    It was all part of a suggestion to increase the tension of the full bed natural gut from 57/55 to higher (maybe 64/62) and the grip size as well (racket was slipping out of my grip).
     
  19. EatMyForehand

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    Does anyone use two dampeners on their racquet?

    Played a friend yesterday and noticed he had two dampeners on his racquet. He said it's to prevent them from flying off. Ten mins into the match, both dampeners flew off. Pretty ironic. LOL.
     
  20. Overdrive

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    ^

    That is Busch league.
     
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  22. SCRAP IRON

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    Gamma Shockbuster

    If you truly want a good dampener than only one to consider is the Gamma Shockbuster. I do not like the "twang" noise that all racket strings make and this product completely eliminates that type of noise and all you here is an old school "thud."
     

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