Can Anyone Tell Me What These Are?

Return_Ace

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Ok, i remember i saw this pic (thanks to poster UKT, this is one of his pics he posted on another thread) a while ago and thought that those things looked pretty nifty. Now i've got a few questions.

a) what are they?
b) what do they do?
c) where can i get them?
d) can i get them fitted on my new LM Prestige Mid
 

156MPHserve

Professional
it's a power pad... it's black leather... they dampen the racquet a bit but their real use is to increase string durability... they're kind of obsolete nowadays but pros like safin and fed have used it all their lives so they stick with it because they're used to the feel. when you're stringing, stick a folded peice of leather in before you tigthen the strings...


btw is safin using head tape all around his racquet? or is that on the racquet?
 

Return_Ace

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they look more like an extension of the grommet rather than an addition, also, why does he have them only on the 6 o'clock position? shouldn't they be all the way around the frame to ensure a more even feel?
 

156MPHserve

Professional
because it's not for a feel thing... power pads were used with wood racquets... players who grew up using them will not be used to the feel of vibration dampeners or not having any dampening so they will keep the pads. why are they not all around? because I don't think it'll do much... do we put vibration dampenrs on the head and sides? it just looks like an extension of the grommet because it's black and the grey string outlines it so that it looks like a plastic, but it's just leather.
 

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
ks thnx 156, but.....

156mph said:
do we put vibration dampenrs on the head and sides?
well, no because its illegal :mrgreen:

i guess that means no funky looking racket for me :(, i don't have any black leather, unless i cut up my wallet but thats like hell no!
 

156MPHserve

Professional
maybe you can try finding a belt with quite a bit of excess to it... you can cut off a strip where it connects to the buckle...
 

tennis4losers

Semi-Pro
156MPHserve said:
it's a power pad... it's black leather... they dampen the racquet a bit but their real use is to increase string durability... they're kind of obsolete nowadays but pros like safin and fed have used it all their lives so they stick with it because they're used to the feel. when you're stringing, stick a folded peice of leather in before you tigthen the strings...


btw is safin using head tape all around his racquet? or is that on the racquet?
The black thing on safin's racket is the groomet. its the head liquidmetal prestigue. its really weird
 

doriancito

Hall of Fame
i know you yook that picture without showing on the camera, i would haev done the same thing...i wouldt go and say" may i take a picture of your stick please?" its jsut stupid, by the way those are leather pads i dont know what they do as far as i know they dampen vibration but i wouldnt know about increasing string durability and that suposedly head tape comes with the prestige is really thick good plastic!
 

156MPHserve

Professional
lessens the angles of the strings... this is talking about woodies... with the nice grommet systems of today, power pads are pretty much obsolete except for the feel if you prefer it.
 

Return_Ace

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dorian said:
i know you yook that picture without showing on the camera, i would haev done the same thing...i wouldt go and say" may i take a picture of your stick please?" its jsut stupid,
..... hur? n thnx for all the replies, but some say they're power pads, some say they're just part of the grommet......... :confused:
 

Mike Cottrill

Hall of Fame
These look like thick power pads. If you want to know for sure, Post your question titled “Question for Grant Morgan” in the Pros' Racquets and Gear section.
Mike
 

doriancito

Hall of Fame
Mike Cottrill said:
These look like thick power pads. If you want to know for sure, Post your question titled “Question for Grant Morgan” in the Pros' Racquets and Gear section.
Mike
why would grant morgan know? was a touring player?
 
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