1. austintennis2005

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    does anyone out there use power pads in the throat of their racquet a la federer? if so what effect do you notice?

    and also how do you make them?

    thanks.
     
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  2. fantom

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    Never tried them. You can cut pieces of leather into little squares to make them.
     
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  3. ls206

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    I used them once to see if they would get rid of the "ping!" noise. They did not.

    Didn't notice too much difference, maybe slightly dampened..

    I cut bits of an old leather grip and rolled them.
     
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  4. theace21

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    Everyone used to use them on wood rackets on the 4 main strings. Don't really think they made any difference. The theory was the it reduce the angle, and was easier on the string.

    Cutting up on old leather or replacement grip would work...
     
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  5. drakulie

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    They dampen the feel a bit.

    As someone else noted, you could just get an old leather belt, and cut out tiny pieces.
     
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  6. Irvin

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    I used to use them all the time. They soften up the string bed a bit but I never noticed any dampening effect. I went to a leather shop and bought some scrap leather about 3/16" thick. I drew some lines with a ruler and cut out strips then took my cutters and cut them into the side I wanted. Does not take long to cut up 100s that way.

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  7. austintennis2005

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    thanks drak for the feedback...i guess i could use an old leather grip as well... sounds like they dont make much of a difference but i guess its worth a try. i guess they would add a few grams of weight to the throat as well.

    does anyone know if sampras used them or just fed?
     
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  8. drakulie

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    ^^^austin, Sampras did use them, but for how long and if he used them regularly, I'm not sure.

    Safin also used them.
     
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  9. Irvin

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    You could use an old belt or leather grip but I would think they would be dried out. The cost is nothing why not just use thick soft new leather?

    Irvin
     
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  10. drakulie

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    ^^^agree. Also, grand slam stringers sells them.
     
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    I see no point in modern rackets. In the woodie days it was necessary, not any more.
     
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  12. Irvin

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    Power pads provide an extra cushion between the string and the frame and increase the radius of the string from one main string to the next. Is it possible that power pads could reduce poly sheer? What is the harm in trying?

    If I did put power pads in the top of the frame to reduce sheer I would try to use a thinner piece of leather to prevent the string from rising up too high and hitting the court.

    Irvin
     
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  13. Virtua Tennis

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    When you string with nat gut youre suppose to power pad the strings on top and on the bottom of the bridge.

    What it does is reduces the pressure on the string so your grommets can't break it. I use pads sometimes on polys cause they cut into the cheap plastic grommets of some racquets.
     
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  14. struggle

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    mostly, powerpads have old school applications, but i'm sure
    there are some that will tout the use of them even today.

    for most of us, they are silly, even as a discussion.

    edit: not to be an ass, i have used them before (late1980's).
     
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  15. Steve Huff

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    Navratilova used them in the top of her Yonex. Maybe this is where Babolat got their "woofer system" idea.
     
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  16. jmnk

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    I use them all the time just because. But other than this
    they do absolutely nothing else.
     
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  17. brownbearfalling

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    If you use them at the throat, and you are cutting them from a leather grip, I would recommend 3 layers. you can do 3 separate layers or you can use one long strip and roll it.

    use more layers if you want to experiment on how it changes the feel of you strings.
     
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    can we get some pics of power pads i dont really know what they are.
     
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  19. Irvin

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    I cut a length off the big piece and then cut individual pads as I want. The leather is thinner than I thought it is about 1/8" thick.

    [​IMG]

    You can see them on the bottom of Sampras' and Federer's rackets in pictures in this link.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=106510

    The pictures are on the first page but down a bit

    Irvin
     
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  20. Irvin

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    A long time ago when I first started stringing I bought some power pads thinking they would be leather. When I got them I was surprised to find they were hard plastic.

    [​IMG]

    Seems like all these do is increase the radius of the string so the string does not come through the frame make a two 90 degree turns and go back.

    Irvin
     
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  21. Irvin

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    Yonex used to recommend padding the top center 4 to 6 loops of the square head frames when stringing. Pads are especially useful on individual grommets or where strings tend to make a sharp turn.

    Irvin
     
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    I took some of these identical "power pads" off of a couple old wooden rackets that I was experimenting with. They're just hard plastic, and won't work very well on modern rackets. See how they need a flat, wide surface to sit on?
     
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  24. Irvin

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    I don't think the plastic ones work on any racket. I went to the leather shop and got a few of the leather pads and still have what I took a picture of left. I still use the leather once in a while.

    Irvin
     
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  25. drakulie

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    LOL. Pretty funny. They must have had a supply of stuff lying around for wood racquets.
     
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    Come on 'drakulie' be nice. When I started stringing many of the rackets were wood. LOL But that was about 1980.

    Irvin
     
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    I have a pack of those plastic things. They didn't work then and they don't work now. :)
     
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    Ha! I probably shouldn't admit I spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out how to make those plastic bewb-looking things work on my racket...
     
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  29. Irvin

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    LMAO - Then I ask you, "Why do we have them?" Just threw mine in the trash.

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    Well....that's a good question. I think probably because two weeks after I throw them away, I'll find a use for them? :) In all honesty, I may have thrown them out long ago. I haven't seen them, but they may be in the bottom of one of my boxes.
     
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    LOL. I started stringing about mid to late 80's. There was still a few woodies left over, so was able to string a few. That said, haven't strung a wood frame in a LOOOOONG time.

    I do remember those being used though,,, on the outside of the frame near the throat. (mostly on the last two outer mains) if memory serves.

    Like you and Rabbit, I may have a few lying in a box somewhere.
     
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  32. Ken Sachar

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    Try a rawhide shoe lace and doublefaced tape if you have to use power pads.
     
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  33. Irvin

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    ^^ Do you think there is any chance the pad will slip out from under the string?

    Irvin
     
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  35. jmnk

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    well, try this. Put your pinkie where the power pads go, tension the string, and try to pull the pinkie out :)
    disclaimer: don't try it at home. i'm joking of course. there's no way it would slip out.
     
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  36. jim e

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    I even have some trim string remaining over from the wooden days.
    Most here probably does not even know what the rough and smooth trim string even is.
     
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  37. aimr75

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    posted this in a past thread, some pads from a leather belt i cut. You dont need to roll up the leather like if you use a leather grip, it provides enough thickness

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I dont often use them, but it gives a very slight dampened sensation
     
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  38. struggle

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    it's kinda like "up or down". only different...heh.
     
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  39. Rabbit

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    Yeah at state a few years ago, I did the rough and smooth thing with knots. A youngin' didn't trust me. We did a respin.
     
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