What is this tape here for? Picture

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  1. Zeroshiki

    Zeroshiki New User

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    I just bought a used racquet and was wondering what this tape is for? You can see it there at the bottom on both sides.

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  2. canadad

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    I can't see anything...no picture.
     
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  3. Zeroshiki

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    Whoops

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  4. Dunlop300t

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    its not clear what you are talking about, the shock on the strings, the little stubs sticking out where the strings go from...
     
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  5. Zeroshiki

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    The blue tape on the bottom there. It's on both sides. I'm a total noob so I have no idea what that is. I have never seen it before, so I am curious what it is for. I would assume some kind of dampening?
     
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  6. Irony Zealot

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    I think he's talking about the blue/purple thing at 5 and 7 o'clock.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

    They look like power pad equivalents. Power pads supposedly increase the sweetspot by elongating the string. They're supposed to be made of leather, but I guess the previous owner decided to use something else. I doubt it's there for dampening, as the worm dampener has department that pretty well taken care of.
     
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  7. Zeroshiki

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    Thank you, I looked up what power pads are and I believe this is exactly what these blue thingies are there for. It's purpose from what I read is to lessen the angle of the string in order to get longer life from the strings.
     
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  8. [d]ragon

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    This used to be true for old wood racquets but today's frame don't have a problem with string breakage due to sharp/grommet-less angles.

    Some people claim they dampen the stringbed slightly and/or increase power/sweetspot size but I've tried them myself and the effects are not that prominent to me
     
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  9. Dunlop300t

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    yea so next time when you get your racquet strung, hopefully not soon. Just ask the stringer if you need these judging by the amount of vibration that goes through the frame (i have it and without a shock it feels like a wilson fury without a shock, you can hear and feel the twingy sound, no good)... you might, but bounce a ball on the racquet with the shock off and with the shock on you will be able to tell the difference, but i generally feel that you dont need those things what you need is shock either attached to the frame or in the strings... that will be the best.
     
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  10. Virtua Tennis

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    Putting pads maybe a good idea for the prince O racquets particulary down on the bridge where the angles are so sharp that it may break poly strings prematurely.

    I did this for one customer but I also tell him to use a better grade of poly too not some cheap stuff.
     
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  11. BobFL

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    In this particular case they are 100% useless.
     
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