n00b question...

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by NHplayer, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. NHplayer

    NHplayer New User

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    There is a common thing I've noticed with many of the top pros - Del Potro, Federer, and Safin - they don't use a shock absorber. Why not? The ball sounds so much more solid coming off the strings. But then again, who am I to say this lol...

    Please don't flame me, I'm just a n00b.
     
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  2. bladepdb

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    Adding a shock absorber/dampener takes off the vibrations from stringbed. These vibrations are both the vibrations you hear as sound and the vibrations that are sent to your arm.

    Many pros like to feel their shot exactly how it is, without damping/losing any of the vibrations. This is why you'll see many players play without a shock absorber.

    It also depends on the player. Some like the damp feel, others like to feel the vibrations. Some just like to feel exactly what the stringbed is feeling.

    One thing though, on Federer's case (don't know about Safin & del Potro), Federer uses string savers in the center of his stringbed (and slightly upper portion as well). These string savers actually also have a slight damping effect, so adding a shock absorber to that would probably make the racquet feel very muted and let Federer feel probably no vibrations from teh stringbed whatsoever.

    Lastly, sound is a physical phenomenon, so when the strings vibrate more, the more sound is produced. This is why racquets with shock absorbers sound more "quiet" (muted) than racquets without, and also why pros shots often sound like a loud pop.
     
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  3. ilikephobo

    ilikephobo Semi-Pro

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    my strings feel alot looser when i hit with a dampner.
    But i like that soft feel.. Rubber band dampners for the win :D
     
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  4. djokster

    djokster Professional

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    Doesn't Federer use power pads on the throat also?
     
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  5. bladepdb

    bladepdb Professional

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    Haven't seen those on Fed's. No reason to have em :\
     
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  6. mjv384

    mjv384 New User

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    And Del Potro also uses the clover/ shamrock wilson dampener. Dampeners are pretty much just a preference to any player; Whatever feeling that they prefer.
     
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  7. NHplayer

    NHplayer New User

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    Okay, I Googled some images and Nadal and Roddick both use a damper of some sort. So bladepdb is right, and thanks for the well laid-out answer, that it's all about personal preference.
     
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  8. vsbabolat

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    Yes Federer uses power pads.

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  9. pricey_aus

    pricey_aus Semi-Pro

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    Vibration Dampners do absolutely nothing to dampen the vibrations, they just change the sound of the ball coming off the racquet. You still get the vibrations, you just get rid of the 'ping' sound
     
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  10. strungup

    strungup New User

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    Just to add, Fed only uses stringsavers on X4 & 6 strings, not in the centre of stringbed. Also powerpads, if you compare Feds to standard [K]Six-one Tour throat area it has 3 protruding lumps where a standard is almost flush. The name powerpad is completely misleading as it purpose is to round out the radius of the string not to add power..
     
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  11. chief wiggum

    chief wiggum New User

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    It is all about preference.
     
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  12. David_Is_Right

    David_Is_Right Semi-Pro

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    Sound is vibration. The sound generated is produced by the vibration of the strings. How can the sound change, without the vibrations changing?

    A dampened sound means dampened vibrations.
     
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