Is my racquet normal?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Paul B 40-15, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Paul B 40-15

    Paul B 40-15 Guest

    I recently bought a new racquet, nothing expensive, just to avoid breaking my best racquet when I'm just playing for fun.
    it's a Wilson federer 110 racquet, it doesn't matter how I hit the ball, how hard I hit it or what balls I use.
    every time I hit the ball, there is a ping noise from the strings.
    is this normal?

    I don't fully understand the difference between different strings or different string tensions, but is this sound normal?
    if I serve as hard as I can hit or play a gentle drop shot, I hear the same noise from the strings.

    I never remember this noise with my other racquet or with other people when watching them, so I'm a little lost as to what this could be.

    can someone please help?
  2. goran_ace

    goran_ace Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2009
    At Large
    yes that's fine. if it bothers you that much you can buy a vibraton dampener to mute that sound or just tie a rubber band around the middle two main (vertical) strings below the bottom cross string.
  3. Paul B 40-15

    Paul B 40-15 Guest

    it really is something that simple?
    I had no idea.

    thanks for your help :)
  4. Paul B 40-15

    Paul B 40-15 Guest

    I had thought about getting a vibraton dampener, but as the racquet didn't come with one, I didn't think having one was that important.
    I have noticed my girlfriend has the same problem with her racquet and she doesn't have a dampener either. it's not a very nice noise and until now I thought I was doing something wrong or I wasn't hitting the ball hard enough.

    I know that you shouldn't, but what will happen to one if you miss hit the ball and hit the dampener, will it damage it?
  5. SStrikerR

    SStrikerR Hall of Fame

    Dec 4, 2010
    Not Fantasy Land
    At worst you'll either mishit the ball, or you'll knock the dampener off your racquet. If it launches away from you, good luck finding it.
  6. Bud

    Bud Bionic Poster

    Jul 23, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    You can also simply tie a number 64 (#64) rubber band around the two main strings (below the bottom cross string)

  7. Paul B 40-15

    Paul B 40-15 Guest

    what is the difference between a rubber band and a dampener?
    I have always had a racquet with a dampener so I never knew that the strings make this ping noise, when the one I have just bought didn't come with one, I thought it was because it didn't need one.
    do they only include a dampener on more expansive racquets or do they sell them without as standard so you can add one later if you so wish?
  8. pheonix6579

    pheonix6579 Semi-Pro

    Oct 26, 2009
    1. It's lighter
    2. Its more Unique
    3. It Stays on
    4. It's dirt cheap, for a lot of them
    5. IMO it takes away the "ping" noise without dampening the overall feel fo teh frame
  9. Paul B 40-15

    Paul B 40-15 Guest

    still think I will go with a dampener, just to be on the safe side. I have used them before and have them on my other racquets and they all work just fine.

    thanks for all the replies

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