Haas using dampener in Wimbledon

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  1. Rusty669

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    Not a big deal really, but I just noticed Tommy using a dampener in his racket against Wang during his second round in WImbledon.
    I have never seen him use one before, I wonder why he opted to use one now??

    Here he is in Halle without a dampener
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    Here he is in Wimbledon with a dampener
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  3. cluckcluck

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    Might be the weight of the ball or the conditions that requires him to use a dampener.
     
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  4. baseline_monster

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    I was at Wimbledon today and watched his match on court 18 and noticed this. Got some good pics in try to post.
     
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    Tommy was not happy about playing today, unhappy with the court. I guess with his injury history it is understandable. I've wanted to watch him in person for years and it did not disapoint. Such a clean hitter and I didn't see him change racket once during the match.
     
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    I think the only true way to really tell what up with the dampener situation is to see if he uses one after Wimbledon. You could always go to his website or twitter and ask him.
     
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    Interesting! That is odd considering he has not used a dampener this whole year.
     
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    strange indeed. we all know how picky haas is about his racquet. adding a dampener changes the subjective feel quite drastically (although it wont make much difference in reality).
     
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  9. Wilander

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    perhaps he is feeling slight arm/shoulder/wristpain?!?
    the roland garros balls have been heavy and the slazenger balls are not armfriendly either. dampener may not work wonders, but helps a little.
     
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  10. McLovin

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    Not just this whole year. A quick Google image search yields no pics of him playing w/ a dampener (except those from this year's Wimbledon), even going back to the long-hair Dunlop years:

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  12. Gut4Tennis

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    old man needs less vibration
     
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    I don't know about the vibration. Many people in this board swear that dampener does not reduce vibration. But dampener definitely changes feel of racquet...
     
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    He probably feels a little twinge of pain in is arm.
     
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