How to put on Shock Absorber during stringing?

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  1. David123

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    Hi guys,

    My friend brought me his racket and I realized that the shock absorber was already in the racket, and was put during stringing? How do I string it to make sure that the shcok absorber is in the racket after stringing?
     
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  2. HitItHarder

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    I must be missing something. I am not sure I understand the problem. What kind of shock absorber is it that you can't just pop it onto the strings any old time you want? Maybe a picture would help?
     
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  3. Gimmick

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    Some shock absorbers need to be strung with the frame.
     
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  4. High Roller

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    And some just look like they need to be in the racquet during stringing -- until you pluck them out.
     
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  5. Irvin

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    Some shock absorber must be in the racket when stringing, but they can not be up against the frame while it is mounted. Just move the dampener to the center of the mains while you are stringing them then when you start the crosses slide it all the way to the bottom as far as you can. When you dismount the racket slide it the rest of the way down.

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  6. ls206

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    I'm guessing it's like the shock absorbers that are integrated with the bridge grommets?
    (Prince racquets spring to mind)

    If you want the dampener then just insert into the correct grommets and then string as normal.
     
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  7. Irvin

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    There are a lot of rackets like that where the dampener does not come out. Some times these get in the way of your mounting system. If they do just slide them up the string when stringing the center mains. Here is an example.

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  8. HitItHarder

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    Thanks for the picture. The only shock absorbers I have seen that truely couldn't be removed have been on fairly cheap big box store racquets (I guess so they don't come off at the store). I hadn't run across one like this and seems like just sliding it up fixes the problem as you said. Interesting to see. I guess it solves the problem of the dampener flying off during a match.

    I thought perhaps he was talking about the Prince inserts that really could be removed.
     
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  9. Irvin

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    The one in the picture is a Head YOUTEK Six Star racket and sells for $230 at Tennis Warehouse. There are some Head, and Wilson rackets with this type of dampeners. I have not seen many Prince racket with this type of dampener. A lot of the Prince O Ported rackets (and some older ones) have dampeners in the throat grommet system but do not really seem to get in the way of mounting.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_YOUTEK_Six_Star/descpageRCHEAD-HYT6.html

    Irvin
     
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  10. HitItHarder

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    Oh I wasn't suggesting that these were only cheap dampeners or racquets. I just hadn't seen one like it before. Thanks for the link. That is one of the reason's I read this part of the board. I typically learn something when I do.
     
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  11. Lakers4Life

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    Many of the Flexpoint and LM models have string thru dampners, but they slide on to the throat grommets. I recently worked on a Wilson Mach 3 which had a "Super Shock" dampner that needed to be installed during stringing. It's a PITA if you forget to install it when starting the mains.
     
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  12. TheRebelofPrince

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    or u can easily erase all this tension, no pun intented :p, and just give him a different vibration dampener
     
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  13. David123

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    haha, I am talking about the one that doesn't exactly go with the grommets.
     
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