$15 ShockSorb Vibration Dampener

Just received a christmas gift from a colleague in the office and it is a pair of shocksorb dampener at the cost of like $15 a piece. I am going to try them this week but is it any better a $1 dampener:
 
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snoflewis

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the dampener was created by a former top 500 ATP player that markets primarily to the korean tennis community, but he also has all his products on Amazon. i'm not convinced by any of these devices, but he gives great tips and advice in his youtube videos in korean.
 

Strawbewwy

Rookie
did some quick google:


I wasn't aware of the primarily marketed to Korean community part... (disclaimer I'm not Korean), but I'm in part of some "exclusive" Korean groups that run statewide tournaments etc, the most familiar dampener i see is a "button" style that i've not seen anywhere else



it looks like this but usually covers 4 strings instead of just 2

back to topic though, curious how a dampener made of sorbothane would work =), please keep us updated!
 

brownbearfalling

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Just received a christmas gift from a colleague in the office and it is a pair of shocksorb dampener at the cost of like $15 a piece. I am going to try them this week but is it any better a $1 dampener:
looking forward to the review. What dampener do you currently use?

I’m very skeptical of the posted reviews because to me the ones posted read like sponsored reviews. Would love to see some unbiased hard evidence review.

commend the brand on a pretty good product description. Seemingly scientific With the description of the material (sorbothane) but there isn’t any hard evidence or meaningful claims.

Also I knew I have heard of the this material being used in other industries. Used in shoe insoles. If anyone has junk shoe insoles laying around just cut them up and make a dampener out of them.
 
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looking forward to the review. What dampener do you currently use?

I’m very skeptical of the posted reviews because to me the ones posted read like sponsored reviews. Would love to see some unbiased hard evidence review.

commend the brand on a pretty good product description. Seemingly scientific With the description of the material (sorbothane) but there isn’t any hard evidence or meaningful claims.

Also I knew I have heard of the this material being used in other industries. Used in shoe insoles. If anyone has junk shoe insoles laying around just cut them up and make a dampener out of them.
sorry for not posting back sooner on this.


I've been playing with this for over a week now and it definitely better than the regular dampener. My arm does not feel the vibration with the shocksorb than with other dampeners.

I also gave three different teaching pros at my club and asked them to try without telling how much it cost because I really did not want to "skew" the result. After a week, all three of them reported back that this dampener is so much better than the regular babolat, Yonex, or Wilson dampener.

Then again, everyone experience will be different. You just have to spend $15 and try it for yourself :p
 

Dueaux

New User
I'm gonna have to call BS on this product. Unless this dampener has a significant weight behind it compared to other ones it shouldn't really do much more, just a different feel. Contrary to popular belief vibrations don't cause tennis elbow, recoil does. Just like shooting a gun, when you make contact with the ball you get a kickback. Only thing you can really do to decrease that is to up your racket weight or swing weight. The change in feel from a dampener can cause a placebo effect. If he's going in believing he won't get injured then he might be playing with more confidence and hitting cleaner, which will help out a lot more than a dampener for injury prevention. The other thing that I'd like to know for these tests the creator did was whether or not he changed his physical training. That also would help more than a dampener. Few other things I found odd in the Kickstarter, the temperature range felt it didn't need to be included since no one is going to be playing tennis in - 20 or 160, and the other thing being it was only tested with 10 people. I feel like that number should easily be higher and from what I saw they didn't test it with people who do not use dampeners, but I may be wrong on that. Just to clarify, personally I do use dampeners, specifically the kimony quake busters, because I like the feel of them. I've used them since I've started playing and playing without them just feels weird now.
 

ichaseballs

Rookie


I purchased both the original shorksorb (black) and the newer "ultrasoft" version (red/blue) pictured above. Both thru Amazon prime.
The ultrasoft material is definitely softer (like putty) and would do a better job at dampening (at least in theory).
I am not 100% convinced either in regards to it's ability to reduce elbow pain, but regardless of any claims/testing you have a really well made dampener.
$16 seems no big deal when you're spending $40 every restringing. I also own the yonex dampeners which are excellent and a few $.
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
I'm gonna have to call BS on this product. Unless this dampener has a significant weight behind it compared to other ones it shouldn't really do much more, just a different feel. Contrary to popular belief vibrations don't cause tennis elbow, recoil does. Just like shooting a gun, when you make contact with the ball you get a kickback. Only thing you can really do to decrease that is to up your racket weight or swing weight. The change in feel from a dampener can cause a placebo effect. If he's going in believing he won't get injured then he might be playing with more confidence and hitting cleaner, which will help out a lot more than a dampener for injury prevention. The other thing that I'd like to know for these tests the creator did was whether or not he changed his physical training. That also would help more than a dampener. Few other things I found odd in the Kickstarter, the temperature range felt it didn't need to be included since no one is going to be playing tennis in - 20 or 160, and the other thing being it was only tested with 10 people. I feel like that number should easily be higher and from what I saw they didn't test it with people who do not use dampeners, but I may be wrong on that. Just to clarify, personally I do use dampeners, specifically the kimony quake busters, because I like the feel of them. I've used them since I've started playing and playing without them just feels weird now.
For what it's worth, I play with a full bed of poly and no dampener. Never had any elbow problems.

I play with a guy who's really good, and he's got soft strings, flexible racquet, and a dampener, but his elbow still hurts. Sometimes it's just luck of the draw with genetics.
 
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joah310

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I dont think it would be worth $15. Went to korea and bought stringy dampeners that you wrap around the strings and tie, and it's like the racket had a dampening technology. Got them for 50cents a peice doubt that these $15 ones are any better.
 

ichaseballs

Rookie
So how are they different? Do they sound different?
Well their available colors are different. The Black is the original, the newer "ultrasoft" is either red/blue. The ultrasoft material is softer.
As for the sound, I think the packaging calls the original a "pop" sound. i would agree with that, and the ultrasoft is more muted.

I dont think it would be worth $15. Went to korea and bought stringy dampeners that you wrap around the strings and tie, and it's like the racket had a dampening technology. Got them for 50cents a peice doubt that these $15 ones are any better.
just to clarify the image above, what i believe you called "stringy dampeners" is not what the shocksorb is (which is made in usa). works much more like a traditional dampener, but material is what they base their marketing on.
a link to the kickstarter page

roger & serena don't use dampeners. using a dampener is already questionable and merely preference.
 

timgus88

New User
Well their available colors are different. The Black is the original, the newer "ultrasoft" is either red/blue. The ultrasoft material is softer.
As for the sound, I think the packaging calls the original a "pop" sound. i would agree with that, and the ultrasoft is more muted.



just to clarify the image above, what i believe you called "stringy dampeners" is not what the shocksorb is (which is made in usa). works much more like a traditional dampener, but material is what they base their marketing on.
a link to the kickstarter page

roger & serena don't use dampeners. using a dampener is already questionable and merely preference.
Nah but Roger does user powerpads
 
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