How do you get your racket to make a louder pop?

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  1. 2nd_Serve

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    so ... how ?

    What do you do wit tension? Strings? and anything else.
     
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  2. [d]ragon

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    Just a theory: I've always thought the loud sound of the racquet resulted from the stiffness of the racquet and the stringbed (includes string stiffness and string density). I imagined a ball hitting a concrete sidewalk versus a ball hitting astroturf (soft material often used in play grounds). The ball bouncing the concrete will make more noise. Not sure about the physics behind this. Every stiff racquet I've tried tended to make a louder pop when hitting the ball then more flexible frames. Regarding the stringbed, stiff strings would add to the overall stiffness of the hitting surface. Dense string patterns also might have influence because the denser the string pattern, the more stiff the stringbed.

    I could be wrong of course
     
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  3. nCode747

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    dont use a dampner
     
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  4. gymrat76

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    Based on my experience, I think it has to do with flat hitting, i.e flat hitting with a high tension strung racquet.

    I personally think, it has not much to do with stiffness of racquet and string. Because, based on my experience, I have a PDR full bed strung with Alu Rough at 63 lbs. PDR is at 71 on stiffness scale. Rough is as stiff string as it gets! Basically I have been playing with a prescription for tennis elbow for a while...I dont really get any "pop" sound from the racquet. Perhaps, because, I am almost always hitting topspin with it.

    And I have an RD7, although it is one of the flexiest frames out there, and when I first received it, it was strung with a loose and soft synthetic gut. Was giving out a sweet pop sound each and every time, even when hitting with topspin.
     
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  5. kkm

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    Part of it is playing without a vibration dampener. Racket-head speed probably plays a big role as well.
     
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  6. m1stuhxsp4rk5

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    when i used kevlar i got the loudest pop.
     
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  7. strahan918

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    It's a combo of the way you hit, the strings you use, and whether or not you have a dampener. Playing with a dampener definitely makes a pop sound. Loudest "pop" I had was Signum Pro Poly at 59 lb on my MG Prestige MP when I wanted to flatten my shot out.
     
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  8. dcheng83

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    don't use a damper and use strings like wilson synthetic gut extreme or a polyester. soft multifilaments have better feel, but tend to soften up the shot and take away the pop.
     
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  9. drakulie

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    Uhmmmm, hit harder. Period.
     
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  10. aimr75

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  11. Bagdatis toy hippo

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    I've just found out that answer today. Thing is, try hitting the sweetspot as much as possible and the flatter, the better.
     
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  12. Sup2Dresq

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    like 110mph forehands?

    Just for you Drak..

    Evil Superman!

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. bad_call

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    overheads hit with poly hybrid string jobs pop a lot.
     
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  14. NickC

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    Just hit as hard as you can. You'll hear it.
     
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  15. fuzz nation

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    Load your racquet with bigger bullets...
     
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  16. travlerajm

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    The loudness of the impact is mostly due to how much the ball is flattened.

    The best way to flatten the ball more is to use lots of lead tape (get over 13 ounces and over 360 SW), and use stiff tight strings (Kevlar mains help). This will make your serve sound like a cannon.
     
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  17. swedechris

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    you hit the ball harder.
     
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  18. swedechris

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    putting the racket across one of your knees while bending it until pops ..hehe..
     
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  19. drakulie

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    LMAO!!! That's funny. Pefect for your avatar! :evil:
     
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  20. tennisfreak15347

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    Also, I found rubber logo bracelets ( such as bracelets that support research for breast cancer, having the logo " Hugs, not Drugs", ect" used as a Gamma worm dampener significantly increases the POP sound coming off the stringbend.


    these things[​IMG]
     
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  21. animainmachina

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    I've found the best combination of pop tone and loudness is my k90 strung with technifibre mains with luxilon crosses with a sampras o-dampener. It sounds like my friends and I are popping champagne over on my court. :eek:
     
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  22. S H O W S T O P P E R !

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    Put more weight into the swing.
     
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  23. Cup8489

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    every time i serve, i make the older 3.0's next to me jump :)

    i don't serve too big for a 3.5 (about 92 was my max with the pure drive, usually average a first serve in the 80's) but for some reason, perhaps the 6 grams of lead at 3 and 9, it sounds like a cannon going off. neither of my groundies sound like that, but i hit with alot of spin now on the forehand, but i still drive through the ball pretty well with the 1hbh.

    but the serve sounds terrifying :)
     
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  24. drakulie

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    gentleman, gentleman,,,,,,, it is really quite simple>>>>SWING FASTER/HARDER.
     
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  25. tennisdad65

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    For some reason when I serve (normally at 65-75 mph) I rarely hear a pop, though when some of my playing partners serve (normally at ~100-110 mph) I hear loud pops. :)
     
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  26. Cup8489

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    yep.. once you get over about 90-100 mph, it really starts to give off a big boom, but at your serve speed, the head acceleration isnt fast enough to really pack a whallop yet.
     
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  27. phoenicks

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    choose from any of these options or a combination of them,

    1) lead tape on the racquet head
    2) dampener ( works for me before, the louder pop sound than thud sound without it )
    3) get a stiff string, preferably Luxilon poly string ( prerequisite you must swing the ball fast enough to generate a loud sound )
    4)swing the ball faster

    or last 1
    5) scream like williams sisters or sharapova ( just change the Ahhhh to POP ), LOL:twisted:
     
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  28. Staiger

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    1) w/o dampener
    2) faster racquet head speed
    3) string it at a higher tension
    4) More lead on the racquet head
    5) A heavier racquet
    6) Stiffer racquet ?????
    7) Use Big Banger string :)
     
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  29. OnyxZ28

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    Barring that, also, you can use REALLY DEAD BALLS for that loud thwack!
     
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  30. tennisfreak15347

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    actually, I feel like putting as much dampeners as possible really makes a bigger popping sound, especially with the bracelets previously mentioned.
     
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  31. topspin92

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    It can vary greatly depending on the sound properties of the place you play. If you haven't noticed shots are much louder indoors than out. Also racquet speed, spin, and other conditions may help.
     
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  32. blackfrido

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    I guess is better and easier to install a speaker/amplifier
     
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  33. nyc

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    eat lots of beans 3 hours before playing.

    plenty of *POP* sounds
     
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