Feds Extra Cushions on AO Racket

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  1. ttbrowne

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    Noticed Fed has extra large cushions beneath his strings at the bottom of the frame. I freeze-framed the up-close shot and he has them underneath all three strings. Never noticed this before.
    (For give me if this has been posted before. I searched and could find nothing on it.)

    I used the word cushion for lack of knowing what ya call 'em.
     
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  2. Lindsay

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    They are power pads.
     
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    the name is power pads and they are leather pieces
     
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    I did know they were called powerpads, but what is the benefit of using it?
     
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    it kind of acts like a shock absorber
     
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  6. ttbrowne

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    Thanks! I may need some of these. Wonder what would happen if you made these out of rubber??
     
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    you can use the laces for baseball mitts or leather replacement grips the extras that you cut off. im not sure about using rubber though
     
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    they don't really help as shock absorbers. At least that's not meant to be there purpose. They are used for stringing natural gut at sharp angles on grommets. It is there to provide a cushion between the sharp turn and the string. That is all. The power pad name is misleading as well. And FYI he has always had them on his racquets. At least the past 4-5 years or so.
     
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    i always felt like that dampened the feel maybe thats just me
     
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  10. martini1

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    Babo racket have them built in called woofers (sp?)
     
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    I have one k90 with it and one without it, can't really tell the difference, i would probably attribute any difference i feel to small changes in tension
     
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    WOofer systen still has the angles on it that could damag the string.It does allow them to move easier with the piston thing it has happening though.
    I think the power pads have ben around for a long time they aren't a new discovery by Fed.Wouln't they of first been used on wooden frames without grommets to make the sting last?
     
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  13. dextor

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    Ya to make the angle less sharp.
     
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    The use of power pads offers up more resistance to the center strings in the frame than without them. They provide a little more dampening than the plastic grommet mechanism. I've played with and without them and cannot tell any difference.
     
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