Roddick uses a rubberband

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  1. Rickson

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    for his dampener. A rubberband makes a great dampener believe it or not and if you happen to lose your dampener during play, keep some thick rubberbands in your pocket, you'll find that it works just as well if not better than a standard dampener.
     
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  2. Foo4Everlong

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    I've been using a rubberband since I first saw Andre using it way back in 1989. They did a Sports Illustrated piece on him, and in that piece they showed his first Donnay Pro One with the rubberband. I've NEVER shyed away since. And I'm constantly promoting it that it works just as well as any other vibration dampener. I love it! And I always put in a new one with a fresh string job. I found the best thick rubberband at Staples one day. They come in a pack for like .99 cents. And it's a rather large package of rubberbands. I bought two packages like two years ago and just recently I went into the second package. So they last quite a long time. I'm a tennis pro and my students are constantly asking me to put one in their racquet. I always do. Later
     
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  3. gmlasam

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    I use to use rubberbands for years, but got tired of it. I now use no dampers. It actually feels pretty good. Lux TiMO does not sound too bad either without any dampers. I like that loud poping sound it makes.
     
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  4. WilsonPSSurgeX

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    I've used a rubberband for about a year now i dont know what i would do without it, it just seems like it works better the other dampeners.
     
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  5. Rickson

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    Rubber bands are quickly becoming the choice of dampeners for top pros. I believe Andre started this trend.
     
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    What is the proper way to put them on?
     
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    yeah, I tried putting one on, but it doesn't seem as effective as other dampeners.
     
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  8. Rickson

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    I'm not sure if it's the proper way, but Roddick ties 2 strings together near the bottom of the head.
     
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  9. BLiND

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    Isn't the point of using a rubber band, that they don't come off when your constantly hitting so hard?
     
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  10. Rickson

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    The pros can afford to keep 1000 spare dampeners, Roddick and Agassi just prefer the rubber band for its dampening effect. They may be on to something, give it a try.
     
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    Exactly my thoughts.
     
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  12. BLiND

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    Rickson why would you bother to use a dampener, if every other point it flies off your racket?

    I don't hit very hard, but I've had them come off on me.
     
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    Except that Andy's did come off in one of his Wimbledon matches this year, either Dent or Ancic, can't recall which. I remember at the time thinking it was odd because I thought he used a rubber band and that this was unlikely - guess nothing is full proof. The alternative is of course to be like Leyton and check your multi coloured dampener is in place every time you serve, first and second serves, every serve.
     
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