What is the Best Dampener

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  1. hyperion99

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    I'm trying to find what is the best dampener for a pro players racket.
    For now I use a metal sheet grommet that I got in the hardware store that looks like a big O-ring.
    It works fine but I'm trying to find better options(if there are any).


    Thanks
     
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  2. mrmike

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    I pulled the stock Volkl dampeners off my racquets because they were buzzing. Put on Babolats and all was good. Using the new blue/red square ones as they don't seem to pop off as easily as the round versions did.
     
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  3. texacali

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    I use a giant Prince dampener from the 90's that completely stretches across strings at the bottom. Tried several others including the Gamma Redeye, Buzzkill, and TNT core dampener. They are OK but not the feel I was looking for. Still default to my old Prince...I guess I like a really board feeling racket.
     
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  4. Francis27

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    I like the Tecnifibre ones and the babolat custom damp. I use the black and white square one
     
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  5. slowfox

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    Rubber bands baby!
     
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  6. hyperion99

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    I have tried using old fashioned rubber bands.
    Didn't do much for me.

    Are you using the Tourna rubber bands?
     
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  7. rev200g

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    I used to use rubber bands with good results but after awhile you had to replace them as the rubber eventually dried out or deteriorated.

    Now I use "O" ring grommets made from silicone or rubber from the hardware/electrical supply store with even better results since they don't breakdown, they are almost as light and they dampen just as well.
     
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  8. lwto

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    I have used all sorts of dampners and this is by far the best, Womans hair band.
    It is light, virtually no weight.
    It doesn't wear down like Rubber band.
    It ties on a lot more secure than a rubber band.
    You can get different sizes depending on how much you want to dampen.
    Comes in all sorts of different colors
    It is very cheap
    It leaves a very small foot print.
    It is very cool.
     
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  9. lwto

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    Another view on the racquet.
     
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  10. hyperion99

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    Does it take out most of the vibration?
     
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  11. ArliHawk

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    I have tried many, and my 2 favorites are the Babolat Loony Damps and Prince Beast dampener. To me it depends on how much dampening you want.
     
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  12. lwto

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    yep.. get a bigger one or use two and it will even dampen more.
     
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  13. hyperion99

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    Thanks.
    I'll keep it in mind.
     
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  14. tdhawks

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    +1

    Used to use the Sampras dampener, but it kept flying off. No problems with the rubber band.
     
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  15. corbind

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    Take a look at the review...

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=398161&highlight=dozen
     
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  17. Lefty5

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    I've been playing with the Sampras dampener for 20 years, never flown off on me once. Weird. Try not hitting the ball with your dampener maybe? :twisted:
     
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  18. Ramon

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    Great advice! I've decided now that I'm only going to hit the ball in the center of the string bed from now on! :)
     
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  19. corbind

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    Never been stuck at the net in doubles where a opponent hits an overhead at you while you stick out your racquet and the speeding ball hits your damp off? :shock:
     
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  20. maverick1981

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    Yonex. Small footprint on the stringbed, maintains good feel while reducing string bed vibes to nil. Ive tried others (to match the manuf of my raquets) but none have ever worked as well for 25+ years of using.
     
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  21. SELFMADESOUL

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    +1 on those Yonex, they are quality- I like the Sampras a lot too but most often go with a rubberband or notta with some powerpads to just dampen a little.
     
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  22. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    teh Volkl ones are pretty good, quite heavy though (this can be a good or bad thing, lol)

    those Ying and Yang ones are useless, they come flying out all the time for no apparent reason. (thinks it's because they are so small there isn't any pressure on them from the strings)

    just saying
     
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  23. lwto

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    LOL
    You all are missing out..
     
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  24. mxmx

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    Prince Vibracap...but they are hard to find and lose easily. Reason why i pick them, is due to them not over dampening.

    Else those circle washer kinds with the hole in works great.
     
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  25. ricki

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    Prince Tour damp
     
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    Yonex here, seems do to the job and stay on.
     
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  27. Relinquis

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    i like the babolat O rings. the small cheapo ones. they're light, dampen pretty well and don't look ugly.
     
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  28. Power Player

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    Sampras Dampener is the best to me. It is a soft silicone and that is the secret. You want silicone over regular rubber. It is able to still amplify the feel of the racquet without making it feel too "thuddy" like a rubber band or cheaper dampener.
     
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  29. bosssauce

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    fish in a bowl by babolat
     
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  30. ArliHawk

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    This a great dampener as is the Ladybug by Babolat.
     
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  31. dman72

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    Had to come back to this.

    The black worm dampener is not the one I was referring to in the first page. I use the NXG silencer/dampener, which is more like a traditional rubber dampener that just happens to cover many more strings.

    The only issue with it is that it adds 5 grams, so people who are finicky about weighting might feel a difference with it on. It never comes off and it kills any and all ping. I use Kevlar mains which sound like glass shattering with no dampener, so it's a necessity.
     
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  33. ArliHawk

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    I've tried many different ones, and I think the Babolat Loony damps are the best, followed by the Prince Beast.
     
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  34. _craze

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    If you mean the dampener that dampens feel the most, it's not really about preference:

    Prince/Ektelon: The Silencer
     
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  35. BlxTennis

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    This is my vote too. No other damper comes close.
     
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  36. quest01

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    The Babolat custom damp and Wilson pro feel damps are both good, both I have used.
     
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  37. jonnyboi09

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    Babolat Custom Damp and Sampras "O" Dampener are the best in my opinion. Light and really dampen the stringbed. The worst are Head Logo Dampeners.
     
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  38. mcnota

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    purple luxilon O dampener

    really good, and the fact its so rare makes it even better :twisted:
     
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  39. hyperion99

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    I like it:twisted:

    When were they made?
    Can you still get them new?


    BTW was that the dampener that Berdych was using?
     
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  40. The_Question

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    It all depends on how much you want to damp out. Personally, I like almost zero sound or vibration, so I go with Gamma Shockbuster II...
     
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  41. hyperion99

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    Same for me as well but some people don't want to completely take out the vibration from the racket.

    From the dampeners I tried almost every dampener has a specific feel to it.
     
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  42. lwto

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    I seriously doubt it..
    I have more dampners than most, tried more than most, have them all..
    have you?
     
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  43. pauliewa

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    I find the technifibre clip to be perfect. The dampened feel it provides is truly a unique feel. Somewhere bt a rubber band and the bab custom damp. It also weighs less than any others.
     
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  44. mcnota

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    made early 1990's, yes theres one over on the stringforums new, i think they guy is looking for 40€, im willing to sell mine for the right price too.

    yes it is
     
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  45. mongting

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    I like the Prince the Silencer. Never pops out.
     
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  46. struggle

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    whichever one i find laying on or near the court seems to work fine for me.

    free.
     
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  47. cluckcluck

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    I've said it once, and I'll say it again; Babolat Custom Damp, I think is the best. It holds on pretty well and you can take out the little pellet insert if you're not getting enough feel.
     
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  48. OHBH

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    Power pads. They last the longest, never fall out of place, and give me just the right amount of dampening without loss of feel.
     
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  50. SCRAP IRON

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    The best dampener by far is the Gamma Shockbuster. There is no vibration at all when you apply that bad boy.
     
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