Reducing Vibration

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  1. PigPen

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    Any suggestions for reducing vibration on shots hit high on the frame? I have a small amount of lead at 2, 10 and 12. I also use natural gut mains / poly crosses.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    The vibrations tell you that you shouldn't hit up there.
    Without it, you would just say your racket feels dead.
     
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  3. PigPen

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    True but sometimes hitting high on the racket is inevitable. This happens mainly when reaching for a wide shot. Bothers my elbow on the medial side.
     
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  4. Shroud

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    Simple.

    1. Shocktape as the grip
    2. Spray plastidip on the whole racket. 6 coats minimum

    Problem solved.

    Though it will add about 90g to your racket and your racket will be dead. Dead I tell you.

    From Dr. McCoy:

    "Jim. That rackets dead Jim"
     
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  5. JackB1

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    don't hit high on the frame ;)

    seriously though, try the Wilson Shock Shield grip and use a cushy overgrip too, like Gamma Supreme Soft. Also, don't squeeze the racquet tight...loose grip = less vibes transmitted to your hand/arm. Use your off arm to help with spacing when setting up for a stroke. Work on reducing the cause as well as the symptoms.
     
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  6. DustinW

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    What racket is it? Some are much better than others at having responsiveness and low vibration high on the frame.
     
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  7. TennisCJC

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    some ideas:

    1. lead near the tip and you said you are already doing this. Maybe 1 to 2 grams at 10, 2, noon but be aware of the SW and balance changes.
    2. string the poly cross 4 to 5 lbs lower than the gut mains to soften the string bed overall
    3. lead tape at 7" from the butt end and/or just above the butt cap wrapped around the handle pallet - adding 2-4 grams will absorb a little shock
    4. silicone or putty inside of the handle - silicone will mute vibrations - search TT for some of the putty brands that are supposed to be better than silicone
    5. install a replacement grip with cushioning or dampening attributes
    6. buy a volkl tennis racket as they have a system/substance in the handle that mutes vibrations.

    Of all the ideas above, buying the volkl tennis racket is the best idea in my opinion.
     
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  8. baowow

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    I just started using silicone inside the racquet frame at 3 & 9 (not the handle). Been great for me. It's a permanent alternative to lead tape.
     
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  9. TennisCJC

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    I can see where this might work but I am not a fan of this concept. You cannot remove it and I think it might be difficult to be exact in your positioning and amount applied. I like lead tape on the head as you can be very exact and peel it off later if you want to try something new.
     
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  10. mikeler

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    The Shock Shield vibration dampener works very well. It covers the middle 10 main strings.
     
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  11. baowow

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    I agree that it won't be as exact as lead tape. Off course test the weight with lead first to find your ideal weight and balance. As long as you have a scale that measures in .1 of a gram and use the measurement on the syringe, it's pretty close. I have tested on 4 racquets and was able to hit my target weight with in .5 of a gram. Pretty good considering most racquets off the shelf can be off by 10 grams. Not the best solution for everyone. Something different to try for us curious folks. Result all have been great for me though.
     
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  12. Shroud

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    Shockshield was discontinued the last time I tried to order. Thats how I ended up with the Shock tape. Much much much better at reducing vibes than the shock shield, which is one of the best grips for vibes. It shocking how much better the shock tape is. :)
     
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  13. SCRAP IRON

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    Buy a Yonex racket. These frames are engineered for those who hit the ball high on the frame. Check it out...
     
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  14. PigPen

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    Thanks Jack. Luckily I have a relaxed and loose grip. I will try the shock shield.

    Thanks
     
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  15. PigPen

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    The more flexible Vantage 95 with a 16x19 string pattern.
     
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  16. PigPen

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    Thanks. Interesting suggestions I tried the Volkl series. I remember liking the C10 but I thought the feel was too muted on many of the other models. I am using a leather grip with a Tecnifibre overgrip.

    The Vantage rackets are foam filled which should deaden some vibration I would imagine.
     
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  17. PigPen

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    How is the shock tape installed?
     
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  18. Shroud

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    just like a replacement grip.

    Though reading your post about some of the Vokls being too muted not sure the shocktape would be for you- this stuff works. I can frame the ball and it removes almost all of the discomfort.

    http://shocktape.com/shock-tape-no-sting-undergrip.html
     
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  19. PigPen

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    After researching the ShockTape, I concluded that it would make the racket too heavy.

    So far I placed a full strip of lead from 10 to 2 instead of separate strips at 10 12 and 2. This made a big difference. I also ordered a shock shield grip which will replace the existing leather for the time being. Lastly, I am having my racket strung with a full bed of gut. We'll see what happens.
     
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  20. Shroud

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    I figured you would say that.

    Couple of things.

    Weight help with vibes and shock.

    Its in the handle so it doesnt affect swing weight as it would on the hoop.

    You could also just use half the grip if you play one handed and cut the weight in half.

    Anyhow glad you are making progress. Surprised you got the Shockshield at TW. When I tried to buy it last they said it was discontinued. No worries if it was in stock I would still be using shock shield...
     
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  21. Chotobaka

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    So let me get this straight, the OP wants to be able to mishit to his hearts content, yet have every shot feel like he just nailed the sweet spot?
     
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  22. Bhairava

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    Here in Italy we have the Noene grip - it is made of a special "rubber" like some plantars - it really, REALLY absorb all racquet vibration. The racquet will feel very muted, but it works like a charm.It is a little heavier than standard grip and it is just 1mm of thickness, so it needs 2 overgrip to get same handle thickness. At the end it will add something like 4gr+6(2nd overgrip)=10gr, but you will not feel any vibration at all.
    http://www.noene-italia.com/
    Sadly it seems they do not sell outside Italy and I don't find the english site version :-/
     
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  23. Shroud

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    cool. Here is the link:

    http://www.noene-italia.com/prodotti/grip-noene/
     
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  25. Hi I'm Ray

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    The shock tape and neone grip look very interesting. Too bad they are so expensive for something that we are unfamiliar with..
     
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  26. PigPen

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    Yes, maybe a U.S. company will import it.
     
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  27. Shroud

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    Shock tape is $20. I bought 6 of them...
     
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