I've just began to experiment with poly. I used to use a full multi stringbed, but I'm trying a few polys at the moment. One thing I've noticed is the massive difference a dampener makes on the feel of the hit. Before, I've always gone with the rubberband, and it's done it's job well enough. I carried it over to my poly/multi hybrid job, and it felt soft/mushy. Not uncomfortable to say the least, but it wasn't as crisp or satisfying as it was before. I then attached a larger, more dampening dampener (a worm-weaving one) and I must say the feel is astronomically different. It's crisp, and it feels *good*. The racket makes the same, precise sound, and it feels so much more solid. I didn't think it would make this much of a difference, but apparently it does. Shot quality isn't any better or worse, as you'd expect, but it just feels better. Anyone had this experience?