Does a dampener help in terms of "improved" weight and plow-through ??

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  1. MAXXply

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    Apart from the (real or perceived) benefits of dampeners in dampening stringbed vibration, does the dampener itself contribute in any significant way to the mass and plow-through of a racket?? I mean, does that extra few grams - positioned where it is - exert a disproportionally beneficial effect on a racket in terms of improved weighting and balance ??
     
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  2. Relinquis

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    if it's a very heavy dampener it probably increases swing weight a little. would be surprised if it was by much though given that it's only a couple of grams in the middle of the racquet.
     
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    So much that people often are searching for the best one for the lightest weight. The dampener is placed at a place that doesn't really affect the behaviour of the racquet besides the weight... If you want to affect the plow through, use lead tape.
     
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  4. Tamiya

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    won't it add more air resistance than mass?
     
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    In a word "NO"
     
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    Even if it does, most rec players wouldn't notice.
     
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    Yeah, that's the sensation I was trying to articulate but couldn't figure out. I think that's the overall nett effect of the dampener, no?
     
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    I know this forum is for tennis equipment and we all like
    nerding about our stuff, but I think that's just over the top.
    If you worry about the weight of a dampener, the air resistance,
    then later people might take as a variable the wrist bands, the
    if you have skinny or fat forearms, some lucky people claim to
    have aeropro shape forearm muscles that travel faster on wind
    and a headlight hand. Maybe some of them will go to the surgeon
    to get an cortex implant.
    I love racquets, playing with different tensions, I get excited
    whe I buy a new one or a classic for my collection, but I also think
    that lessons and focusing more one our technique is way more
    important than any effect on our game as result of equipment changes.
     
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