Rubber Band Dampener Club

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by dr_punk, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. dr_punk

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    This is the very first (I hope) Rubber band club; if you use a rubber band for a dampener, join in! If you're curious, go ahead and buy yourself a bag of #64 rubberbands - they're cheap! if you love 'em, i told ya so; if you don't... well, start yourself a rubberband ball i guess.

    Here is a great link to start your journey http://home.pacbell.net/gmlasam/rubberband.html (courtesy of flemby2112)
    P.S. I think rubberbands for dampeners actually feel better ... but thats just my 2 cents

    So! Let's have it


    (POST PICTURES IF POSSIBLE, thanks :))

    Our current RBDC members are....

    Founder
    dr_punk (myself)

    Ex- CEO (due to the economy)
    beedlejuice22

    Our Hardcore Members
    Looks like this club needs some CPR - #265 members is crazy for something like this... Let's see if we can get some more!

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  2. drhopz

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    My bootleg version of gamma worms.
     
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  3. dr_punk

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    lol, that actually works??
    looks pretty intricate for a rubber band
     
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  4. drhopz

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    well, It doesnt have a ping sound, so i'm guessing it works.
     
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  5. dr_punk

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    lol, alright then
    i suppose that'll make you member #1
     
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  6. SoBad

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    OK, I am sort of leaning dampless as of late, but back in the old days boy did I dampen those vibrations with some tremendous rubberbands, big time. Here is my proof, a photograph with a purple one hehe:

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    So please sign me into your club for my past accomplishments, thanks...:D
     
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  7. str33t

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    Count me in. :D
     
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  8. dr_punk

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    lol, so be it
    you're member #2
    And nice view BTW
     
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  9. psyco4monkeyz

    psyco4monkeyz New User

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    Just a question... is there a difference between a regular dampener and a rubber band dampener?
     
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  10. dr_punk

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    Nice frame dude, you're member #3 :D
     
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  11. NadalClone

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    I'm finally part of a club
     
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  12. Duzza

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    LMAO SoBad, shots with Pure Storm, how tragic :D
     
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  13. KingOfTennis

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    can any1 tell me why u guys use rubber bands? Isnt a normal damper better? Cant u afford it or something?
     
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  14. NadalClone

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    I like to use rubber bands because they don't fall off and they work as well, if not better, than most dampeners. I would think that Agassi could afford a dampener but he used rubber bands.
     
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  15. Jonnyf

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    As does Roddick

    and count me in been using rubber bands for a year or 2 now
     
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  16. jdeloach

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    The rubberband actually works very, very good. Plus, they won't pop out and you can get a big bag for about the same price of one dampener. You should give them a try.
     
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  17. jdeloach

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    SoBad, where do you live? That is a beautiful picture!!
     
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  18. Nuke

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    What a great idea, a club for rubber band users. Now I ought to start a club for duct-tape-for-head-tape folks. Or am I the only one?
     
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  19. timsims

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    Here's my rubberband, add me to the club!

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  20. jdeloach

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    tim, what strings are those on you Vantage? How do they play?
     
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  21. armand

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    timsims, that's a really good pic; great depth of field

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    I don't use a dampener of any kind any longer, just wanted to post pic.
     
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  22. ayoPATRICIO

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    haha! YES. the Rubber Band Dampener Club!
     
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  23. timsims

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    It's Tecnifibre Redcode 16ga. I strung it at 45/50 and I'm really enjoying it. I prefer to stay with low tensions so when I read that polys should be at 5-10% lower than normal for you then I fell into the 40s!

    I'm a photography hobbyist when I'm not playing tennis.
     
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  24. dr_punk

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    Anyone else is welcome!
     
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  25. drhopz

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    Oh yea, Number 1!
     
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  26. StunLock

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    how come you're not a member of the club yourself?

    edit: or you're not just a 'member', but the founder and CEO of the club =D
     
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  27. dr_punk

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    lol thats right, i'm member #0
    like steve jobs :p
     
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  28. HeadPrestige

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    Both of my prestiges currently have rubberbands... ill post pics later -)
     
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  29. Zets147

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    booo dampener for the lose!!
     
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  30. SoBad

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    Thanks and thanks~!~

    Perhaps marginally less pathetic than chugging down entire kegs of beer in the bedroom without a decent tennis racquet around...;)

    Thanks! I live in Washington, DC, our nation's capital city...!:D
     
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  31. dr_punk

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    great stuff... bump for new members!
     
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  32. whoster69

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    I'm not normally one to join clubs, but I've been thinking about using rubber bands for awhile now. It just makes more sense to me...
     
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  33. dr_punk

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    try it! I honestly used to use regular dampeners from the cheap to the expensive, and IMHO, they don't compare to a regular rubber band!
     
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  34. psyco4monkeyz

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    How can you guys possibly like dampeners on your racquet. That totally eliminates the feel you get from ANY kind of string.

    I have been dampless ever since I started playing and will continue to be.
     
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  35. squints

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    I only use it for certain racquets, primarily ones that will kill my arm & elbow if i didn't do so otherwise.
     
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  36. jayserinos99

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    I use them because they're free.
     
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  37. Kabob190

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    ive been using rubber bands for almost a year now. i went with out a dampener for a day and it felt different, i just didnt like it. it wasnt so much the noise. actually, i felt that my racquet was even more powerful with out a rubber band, but it could be in my head.

    to Nuke: i almost used duct tape for head tape but i was already at sports authority so i just picked up some head tape.
     
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  38. tennisguy7482

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    rubber bands=best dampening system

    not alot of wieght, not too much dampening (if tied looser)

    put me down, sir
     
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  39. dr_punk

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    I still find feel in my racquets... and you might as well ask how agassi did some of his most brilliant drop shots using a rubber band.
     
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  40. idono1301

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    so you're saying tie the rubber band looser?
    because on my prince TT scream,
    i tie the rubber band tight and the mains seem to be pinching
    at 60lbs..
     
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  41. dr_punk

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  42. lawrence

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    haha im thinking of joining
    currently using a longg wilson one or my W shaped wilson, i like the fact that it takes away the noise but it also takes away the feel

    rubber bands keep the feel but take away the noise? or are they the same
     
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  43. J011yroger

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    Count me in.

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  44. megaforcetkd

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    I'm in - I'll post pics whenever I get a dam cam to work =/
     
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  45. slice bh compliment

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    Not a member here, but ... respect. I have never played with a dampener, but if I did, I'd use a rubberband.

    I've seen people use a grip finishing band woven in there. I've seen a guy use a piece of overgrip tied in a square knot. I've seen a grommet from a car part.

    Anyone remember the old foam balls that looked like an Ellesse logo? Vibra-Zorb, iirc.

    I hereby nominate 'Rubberband Man' by The Spinners as the official song of this thread.
     
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  46. Tour 90

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    Wow Jo11yroger, you must be a strong guy!
     
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  47. iplaybetter

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    i in i even color match my band
    npro open- green
    tecnifibre 335- red
    slazenger tan to go with the little strikes and leather grip
     
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  48. Voltron

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    Count me in, but I claim member number 13, even if there aren't 13 members yet. ;)
     
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  49. whoster69

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    I've officially joined now too. I just demoed 8 racquets and there were rubber bands on several (along with regular dampeners). I saw no bonus in the regular dampeners.
     
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  50. dr_punk

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    Voltron #14 (Welcome!!! and sorry but you came out to #14 :/ but if you want you could be 13a lol)
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    whoster69 #16 (Welcome to le club :))

    Jonnyf, squints and HeadPrestige, sorry it took so long to put you guys in there :/
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